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Olympics the dream for refereeing couple wedded to basketball

Dec 7th, 2013 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, News

unnamed2IRANIAN basketball referees Fatemeh Fazel and Rouhi Maher enjoy officiating together as a married couple, and say it has its advantages.

“It’s easy for us, because we can give each other feedback, we can also motivate ourselves,” Fazel said.

The couple, who were born in Iran, are pleased with the opportunity presented them to referee at the FIBA Oceania Pacific Championships in Porirua over the past week.

“We are very thankful to FIBA for the chance to ref here, it’s a good experience,” Fazel said.

Fazel played basketball in Iran, but when she sustained an injury that stopped her playing she decided to referee.

They moved to Australia about three years ago to study sports psychology at Melbourne’s University of Victoria

The couple are enjoying the mix of different cultural backgrounds in the FIBA Oceania Championship at Te Rauparaha Arena.

“Because some of the countries had no English, we have to use sign language to communicate with them,” Maher said.

“It’s easy, everyone understands.

“The biggest dream is refereeing an Olympic game and we want to be ready for that when it comes.”

The couple were both named as part of the referee of the tournament team, and they refereed the finals.

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  1. You sure have a knack for human interest sports stories. This was a good ‘get’ from the FIBA champs.

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