7 officials from Africa will be taking part in matches in the upcoming Olympics 2024 that will be held in Paris. The International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed yesterday the names of the technical delegates, technical officials, umpire managers, umpires and medical officers who are appointed to the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Frank Oti Mensah from Ghana, Kays Kanyangara and Sarah Bennet from Zimbabwe as technical officials. Annelize Rostron, Sean Rapaport, Wanri Venter as umpires all from South Africa. The medical officers include Leigh Gordon from South Africa.
The selection has been made by the FIH Technical Officials and Umpiring Committees, chaired by Sheila Brown (South Africa) and Roger St. Rose (Trinidad and Tobago) respectively.
Continuing hockey’s drive towards maintaining gender equality in the sport, there will again be a 50-50 split of the officials at the Games across Umpires and Technical Officials. This is a key target for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) who aim to achieve this across all sports at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Speaking on the announcement of officials for Olympic Games Paris 2024, FIH President Tayyab Ikram said: “Officials play a fundamental role and give a very substantial part of their free time to their passion for the sport! This is remarkable and I’d like to thank each and every hockey official, anywhere in the world. To all those who’ve been selected for the Olympic Games in Paris next year: huge congratulations! This is a fantastic achievement. On behalf of FIH, I want to assure you of our full confidence, support and respect. And I’m particularly pleased that the split of all officials across both genders will be an exact 50-50, in line with the overarching gender equality principle which prevails in our sport.”
Introduced at the Olympic Games London 1908, hockey at Olympic Games Paris 2024 will mark its 25th appearance in the quadrennial sporting event.
Both men’s and women’s events at the Olympic Games will involve 12 of the world’s best hockey nations. Find out more about Hockey at the Olympic Games on Olympics.hockey.