|20 March 2006
FIBA appoints World Championship Referees
Geneva/Switzerland - FIBA, the International Basketball Federation based in Geneva, Switzerland, has announced today the appointment of the referees for the FIBA World Championships 2006 in Brazil. All games of the FIBA World Championships 2006 will be officiated with 3 referees. 25 FIBA referees coming from 5 continents will officiate the 62 games of the FIBA Women’s World Championship 2006 from 12 - 23 September 2006 in Brazil.
The list of referees includes a record nine female referees, which represents 36% of the overall referee contingent for the tournament. This is almost double the number of female referees used at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournaments in Athens.
FIBA Sports Director Lubomir Kotleba sees the improved quality of female referees as the main reason for that.
— The officiating quality of female referees is constantly improving and these are more and more up to the standards of top FIBA events. This is a consequence of our Zones and National Federations paying more attention to the formation and training of female referees, but also to the fact that more and more women are interested in a referee's career.
Mrs. Karolina ANDERSSON, FIN
Mr. Heros AVANESSIAN, IRI
Mr. Gabriel Chiel BAUM SPALTER, URU
Ms. Susan Elaine BLAUCH, USA
Mr. Matej BOLTAUZER, SLO
Ms. Elena CHERNOVA, RUS
Mr. Antonio CONDE, ESP
Mrs. Nadine Renée CROWLEY, CAN
Ms. Fatima Aparecida DA SILVA, BRA
Mr. Ivo DOLINEK, CZE
Mrs. Nancy ETHIER, CAN
Mr. Vitalis Odhiambo GODE, KEN
Mr. Kok Yew HO, MAS
Ms. Chantal JULIEN, FRA
Mr. Philippe LEEMANN, SUI
Mr. Oscar LEFWERTH, SWE
Mr. Vaughan Charles MAYBERRY, AUS
Mr. Sergio de Jesus PACHECO, BRA
Mrs. Ling PENG, CHN
Mr. Kestutis PILIPAUSKAS, LTU
Mr. Diego Hernan ROUGIER, ARG
Mrs. Gabriela SCHAER ARAYA, CRC
Mr. Roberto Omar SMITH, ARG
Mr. Moussa Ismaila TOURE, MLI
Mr. Gens Vadayattu VARGHESE, IND