Recently, the president of the Palestinian Kurash Federation, Mr. Murad Abujabal took an initiative and requested IKA to organize a seminar in Palestine. Consequently,
with the support of the Palestinian National Olympic Committee, a refereeing workshop was
planned for the first time in Palestine.
The initiative was welcomed by IKA and KCAO and I have been given the responsibility to facilitate the workshop. It was a great moment for me. To accomplish this task I
was in Palestine from 8 to 11th February 2020.
The historic city of Ramallah, I shared my experience of refereeing with more than 10 young referees from the Palestinian Kurash Federation.
The workshop held at Ramallah, the city was founded in the 16th century. Its really a beautiful city and you feel like you are in an open-air museum.
People were supportive and friendly. Kurash is not a new sport for them, their federation is doing wonderful job. I would like to add here that Kurash is an evolving game and the government is quiet supportive.
We all know the current political situation of Palestine which in any case is not very healthy. But its great that
Kurash is constantly developing in this country. Palestinian kurash athletes are well-represented at the Continental, World championships and the Asian Games.
There are some strong athletes who are either champions or winners.
Now there are more than 10 talented referees in Palestine.
During my visit, the President of the National Olympic Committee of Palestine Mr. Jibril Rajoub and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of dia to Palestine, Mr. Sunil Kumar, exchanged their views on Kurash and had given assurance to support the game.
Kurash is being played in nearly 140 countries. Most of the countries are getting support from their respective governments.
I am very confident that gradually we will have the full support of the government and related bodies to take Kurash to the next level.
When we all work together, we will positively achieve our goal.
I want to reiterate that am confident that the united efforts of all of us will lead to path of glory of Kurash.
Chairman of the IKA Refereeing Committee,
Technical Director of KCAO.