The significant roles played by Africa came to fore again as six umpires from the continent have been selected to officiate at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

According to the President, African Table Tennis Federation (ATTF), Khaled El-Salhy, the listing of umpires from Nigeria, Egypt and Algeria again confirmed the giant stride made by the these countries in terms of officiating.

The lucky umpires are Nigeria’s John Peters and Cecilia Arinye, Algeria’s duo of Mouhssene Yahia-Cherif and Abdellah Boudjehem as well as Egypt’s pair of Magdy Edriss and ElSaied Ragab.

At the Olympic Games, Peters, Yahia-Cherif and Edriss will be on duty while at the Paralympic Games, Arinye, Boudjehem and Ragab will be in action.

Unlike in 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games where Africa has four umpires, this year is an improvement with six of them already confirmed for the tournaments in Brazil.

For the list of umpires for Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Africa (3), Europe (7), Asia (6), Latin America (3), North America (2) and Oceania (1) totalling 22 while for the Paralympic Games, Africa (3), Asia (7), Europe (8), Latin America (3), North America (2) and Oceania (2) making it 25 officials.

However, South Africa’s Rodrique Volkwyn is the Deputy Referee for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.