Turkey has the biggest referee ccommunity in the world adn recently local armwrestling federation held overall referee seminar. Judyta Wiercińska asked head referee of Turkey Aydin Necip Telyakar is it hard to manage this number of refs. ()
Turkey - a country with one of the biggest armwrestling teams in the Europeans or Worlds. But a few of us know that they also have the biggest referee team in the World! 800 active referees! It's probably more than the rest of the World combined. Let's talk with the Head Referee of Turkey - Aydin Necip Telyakar.
Hello Aydin! You are one of the most experienced referees I know. Tell us more about yourself.
– My name is Aydin Necip Telyakar and I am a referee since year 2000. I have worked as head referee in different terms. In this term, I am head referee since 2016. I have not participated in any competition as a competitor. I am a Physical Education teacher.
Last week you had a huge referee seminar in Turkey. How did it look like? Was it directed to each and every active referee in your country or only to candidates or those who want to gain a higher referee level?
– It was great. Weather conditions were pretty extreme. There was a huge tornado, buses and planes rolled over in airport and some people sadly lost their lives during the incident. 500 people applied to participate in seminar however only 270 people were able to make it due to weather conditions. We organize this seminar year every year. If a referee do not attend to this seminar, they are not allowed to participate in any armwrestling organization held in Turkey for that year. Head referee leads the seminar. WAF rules are explained in seminar and exam is taken in two parts, theoretical and practical. There is only exams for existing referees in seminar and no exams for those who would like to become referee.
Does that mean that Turkey has about 500 active referees? It’s incredible! It has to be really hard to organize such a big community and work with all of them. You have to be very well organized. Do you have Referee Panel to help you?
– Yes, we have referee panel. We announce panel and referees apply to participate in panel. After that those referees are hosted in a hotel with all expenses covered by Bodybuilding, Fitness and Armwrestling Federation of Turkey and they participate in educational panel. Bodybuilding, Fitness and Armwrestling Federation of Turkey's president and board of management chooses head referee and head referee serves for 4 years. Head referee and 6 board member referees make the decisions.
How can you become a referee in Turkey? What kind of referee grades do you have and how can you obtain a higher level? How often can you take an exam to raise your level?
– There are requirements to become a referee in Turkey such as educational background, age, health etc.