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3 Indians to officiate in Gold Coast CWG hockey events

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The International Federation (FIH) has selected three Indians to officiate in next year's in Gold Coast. While has been appointed as a judge, Deepak Joshi and Durga Devi will be seen officiating as umpires. The 56-year-old Davinder was recently promoted to FIH Technical Official category 3 for outdoor and is delighted that her hard work is paying off. "I have been a former player with the Indian women's team that won the gold medal at the 1981 Cup and 1982 Asian Games. The happiness and sense of achievement that I am feeling with my appointment as a judge at the is unimaginable. "India's efforts and my hard work have finally paid off. I can still proudly represent my country at the highest level even at this age," said a delighted Davinder. The two Indian umpires who have been appointed for the Gold Coast 2018 too are proud of their achievement at such a young age. "I started coaching in 2011 after pursuing NIS diploma course.

I got the opportunity to work as a volunteer in the World League Round 2 in 2013 and Junior Men's World Cup in 2013 wherein I officiated in the practice matches. Soon I realised that I can take up umpiring as a career," said 29-year-old Deepak. "Getting selected for the is the result of hard work and the experience I have gained. It is the proudest moment of my life." 33-year-old Durga Devi, who will also be an umpire at the Gold Coast 2018 added: "I started my playing career in 2003 from the SAI Hostel in Dharamshala, and represented the Himachal Pradesh state team. However, I could not get selected for the National Team and hence grew my focus on umpiring. "I have had a lot of opportunity offered by and this has given me the right exposure to officiate at the " Both the Indian men's and women's teams will be seen in action at the 2018 to be held in Gold Coast April 4 to 15.

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First Published: Wed, October 04 2017. 11:57 IST