Asia Rugby has announced the appointment of match officials for the upcoming Asia Rugby Women’s Championship. The tournament, featuring Japan, Hong Kong China, and Kazakhstan, will kick off in Almaty on May 23rd, with the final will be played on May 28th. The matches will take place at the Almaty Sports Training Complex, Abaya Almaty.
The opening match will see Hong Kong China face hosts Kazakhstan, Eri Kamimura from the Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU) has been appointed as the referee for the match. She will be supported by assistant referees Christabelle Lim from Singapore Rugby Union (SRU) and Hibiki Ikeda from Japan Rugby Football Union (JRFU)
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The final match of the tournament will feature Japan and the winner of the opening match. Christabelle Lim,(SRU) has been appointed as the referee for the final. She will be assisted by Leow Wei Liang from (SRU) and Yuliya Ignatenko from the Uzbekistan Rugby Federation (URF).
The match officials have been carefully selected by Asia Rugby’s Selections and Appointments Panel and ratified by both the Asia Rugby Referee’s Committee and the Asia Rugby Interim CEO.
Tournament Marshal will be Asia Rugby Competitions Manager, Ghaith Jalajel, additionally, Greg Hinton from the Mongolia Rugby Union (MRU) has been appointed as the TMO and Performance Reviewer, while Simon Ryan from Japan Rugby has been appointed as the Citing Commissioner.
The Judicial Officers (JO) for the tournament will be available remotely, with Shaneet Rai from SRU taking on the role for the first game and Dareen Foo from JRFU will serve as the judicial officer for the final.
Fans can catch all the action of the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship on Asia Rugby’s Facebook page and YouTube channel, with highlights also available on the organization’s Instagram page.
The match schedule for the Asia Rugby Women’s Championship 2023 is as follows:
Game 1: Hong Kong China vs. Kazakhstan, KO at 16:00*
Final: Japan vs. (winner of Game 1), KO at 15:00*
* local time at GMT+6.
The appointment of these experienced match officials is sure to enhance the quality of the tournament and ensure fair play for all teams involved.