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Uzbek Olympian Ramziddin Sayidov completes transition to referee
7 Oct 2017 17:05
Former U100kg judoka Ramziddin Sayidov, 35, finished fifth at the London 2012 Olympics and won Grand Prix, Grand Slam and Asian Championships gold during his 12-year run at the international level.
The Uzbek was a competitor at the Tashkent Grand Prix in 2013, 2014 and 2015. This year Sayidov is refereeing at an IJF World Judo Tour event for the first time.
“This is a wonderful experience for me to return to the mat as a referee,” he said.
“I really enjoy being out there, experiencing the same atmosphere and still being involved at the elite level. My aim is to referee at the World Championships, Olympics Games and as many events as I can.”
Sayidov is one of a host of former top-level judoka who have been fast-tracked by the IJF into the refereeing fold.
“I think it’s a very good initiative by the IJF and I am happy to be part of it. I thank the IJF for all the opportunities I have received and every time I come to referee I will do my very best for our sport.
“At first I felt nerves and was hesitant but now already I feel comfortable and able to do what is required of me.
“I went to the Olympics as a judoka but I was never able to win a medal. I hope to go back to an Olympic Games and show the best of myself this time around as a referee.”
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