(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) UK-based Samuel Greetham a member of the FINA's Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (TOWSC) conducted an international course for open water swimming referees at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex last week.
The course organised by the Oman Swimming Association (OSA) was attended by 31 referees - from Oman (21) Iraq (4) Morocco (4) and Algeria (2).
Greetham who designed the open water course before the 2008 Beijing Olympics shared his experience with the participants and was 'impressed by the commitment of the referees from the region'.
The course focused on the origin of open water swimming the FINA structure and its rules duties and roles of swimming officials time-keeping race rules risk management and several other topics.
Qais al Zakwani the OSA secretary presided over the closing ceremony along with Abdulmoneim al Alawi the OSA's board member and the referees' committee chairman. On Monday Greetham met Taha al Kishry the Oman Olympic Committee (OOC) secretary-general and the OSA chairman.
They discussed the outcome of the FINA open water course and ways to promote cooperation between the OSA and the world body.