T&T Hockey Board (TTHB) members, Reyah Richardson and Ayanna Mc Clean have been appointed to their second straight Olympic Games.
Following on the heels of their participation at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Olympics in 2021, both Richardson, the TTHB Secretary, and Mc Clean, were confirmed by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) among the list of technical delegates, technical officials, umpire managers, umpires and medical officers who have appointed to the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The selections were made by the FIH Technical Officials and Umpiring Committees, chaired by Sheila Brown of South Africa, and Roger St Rose, president of the TTHB.
Just as in the previous Olympic Games, Richardson has been appointed as one of 14 Technical Officials while Mc Clean, who officiated at the 2018 Commonwealth Games final in Gold Coast Australia and has officiated in the FIH World League over the past two seasons was named as one of the 28 umpires.
At previous Olympic Games, T&T has been represented by Willard Harris (Tournament Official) and St Rose (Umpire).
In a release from the FIH it was stated that in continuing hockey’s drive towards maintaining gender equality in the sport, there will again be a 50-50 split of the officials at the Games across Umpires and Technical Officials.
This is a key target for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which aims to achieve this across all sports at the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
Speaking on the announcement of officials for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, FIH president Tayyab Ikram said: “Officials play a fundamental role and give a very substantial part of their free time to their passion for the sport! This is remarkable and I’d like to thank each and every hockey official, anywhere in the world. To all those who’ve been selected for the Olympic Games in Paris next year: huge congratulations! This is a fantastic achievement. On behalf of FIH, I want to assure you of our full confidence, support, and respect. And I’m particularly pleased that the split of all officials across both genders will be an exact 50-50, in line with the overarching gender equality principle which prevails in our sport.”
Introduced at the Olympic Games London 1908, hockey at the Olympic Games Paris 2024 will mark its 25th appearance in the quadrennial sporting event.
Both men’s and women’s events at the Olympic Games will involve 12 of the world’s best hockey nations.