FIFA selects woman referee for Athens

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

FIFA has selected an Indian woman football referee to officiate at the Olympic football tournament at Athens from the August 11-28.

FIFA selects woman referee for Athens

New Delhi:

The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) has selected an Indian woman football referee to officiate at the Olympic football tournament at Athens from the August 11-28. Currently India has only two FIFA referees. The other is Anamika Sen, who was granted FIFA recognition this year.For 34-year-old Bentla D'Coth from Kerala, it is a dream come true. Bentla is the only referee selected from Asia by FIFA to participate in the Athens Olympics. "I could not believe when I heard that my name has been included for the Olympics. It is hard to believe that a girl from an ordinary family will be officiating at Athens," said Bentla D'Coth.Bentla's colleagues say her dedication and hard work has brought her rich dividends."I have known Bentla for the past 5 years and we have been practicing together since. It is thanks to her dedication and hard work that she has got this honour of being the only woman from Asia to officiate at Athens," said Shaji Kurien, Assistant referee, FIFA.Bentla, who began as a left-winger, went on to play in three Asian Championships, apart from making regular national appearances. In the last three years she has appeared as referee in more than 20 international matches including the Asian Championships and Asian Games. For Bentla, though, officiating at the Olympics is an honour that will remain unmatched for a long time to come.



Topics : Football India
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