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A total of 21 referees from the Oceania and Asia region attended the seminar which is part of the selection process for the FIFA World Cup referees panel. #Kumar, who would create history if he is selected next year, believes it was too early to get overexcited. #“Both the OFC referee trios including myself passed the fitness test which is very positive news for the region. I have completed this stage with my trio and we now need to wait for the next appointment of matches,” Kumar said. #“A place at the FIFA World Cup is not guaranteed at the moment but the next few months will be crucial as appointments will be announced and at the end of the day how well we do our job. The competition is from other professional referees from around the world but I am remaining hopeful that we can achieve our dreams. The selection of referees has not been finalised yet so there is lot of process to select the best referees for the World Cup.” 2012 Fiji FA Referee of the Year said.#The seminar started with fitness training at Dubai Police Club stadium, followed by fitness tests for both referees and assistant referees. It also included a programme of educational lectures and applied training with the participation of football players.#The opening of the seminar, which ran from 22-25 April, was in the presence of FIFA head of refereeing Massimo Busacca who supervised proceedings with director of the AFC Referees Department Yoshimi Ogawa and director of the UAE FA Referees Department Ahmed Yacoob.#“Just 15 months out from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, we are looking for good preparations,” Busacca says. “We are working and preparing exactly like football teams. We are currently going through qualifiers and we don’t know who will be in the final line-up for the World Cup.”# # Fiji FA MEDIA #

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