Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Olympics: Ireland hockey debacle left negatives for umpire community

FROM THE ARCHIVE: Video Umpire expert Andy Mair picked the bones out of the Canada v Ireland Olympic qualfier controversy in 2019

Apparently the ‘blame game’ has been all too often directed toward the umpires by those that feel hard done by. Some of these responses are more understandable than others. After all, we are human.

This came to the fore during the Olympic qualifiers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as the final teams were decided.

One that I can’t understand is the demand that the FIH should make comment on decisions made by the umpires, under the guise that it will show that lessons have been learned. The FIH does not make comment on umpiring decisions, in the same way that it doesn’t about decisions made by an individual player, chastising them for passing when they did, missing a simple trap or not making the run back to aid defence.

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