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Top Appointment For Tukuca

Epeli Tukuca is now eligible to be upgraded to become an International Outdoor umpire. This was confirmed yesterday by Fiji Hockey president Dr Robin Mitchell. “Early February I was told
18 Feb 2015 07:12
Top Appointment For Tukuca
Fiji’s first International Hockey umpire,Epeli Tukuca (left) with Fiji Hockey president, Dr Robin Mitchell during the press conference in Suva yesterday. Photo: Rama

Epeli Tukuca is now eligible to be upgraded to become an International Outdoor umpire.

This was confirmed yesterday by Fiji Hockey president Dr Robin Mitchell.

“Early February I was told by International Hockey that Epeli was being invited to international level of which he is now eligible for selection for regional and international tournaments,” Mitchell said.

He was appointed following his performance at the 2014 FIH World Series and the Oceania Pacific Cup which was held in Suva in December, last year.

Tukuca is the first Fijian umpire to be recognised by the International Hockey and is proud of his achievement.

“It’s a big milestone for Fiji Hockey and for me, I’m very overwhelmed with my achievement getting up to this level,” Tukuca said.

He had decided to take up the umpiring job since age was catching up on him.

“I’m still an active player but the young players have started to dominate so I thought taking up this job would still allow me to contribute to the sport,” Tukuca added.

His first international outing was last year when he was appointed to umpire at the Nanjing Youth Olympics Games in China and his biggest hurdle was judging a game where players do not understand English.

“In those situations I just do some hand signals or I just reach out for the cards,” he added.

In 2010 Fiji Hockey was granted an Olympic Solidarity grant by Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Commiitee (FASANOC) in developing national sports structures.

Epeli was assisted by the Oceania Hockey Federation, the Australian master’s hockey association and New Zealand hockey to attend clinics and to referee at matches controlled by these organisations.

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