Local football official Terry Piri will be heading to China to officiate at the sec0nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China tonight.
Terry Piri Assistant Referee U19 Men's Championship Suva Fiji /Image OFC Media
Joining Piri from Oceania will be Tahitian referee Kader Zitouni and Assistant referee Paul Ahupu also of Tahiti. “To me this is an incredible opportunity and is a starting point to being recognise as a top FIFA assistant referee” said Piri. “The Summer Youth Olympic Games is a chance where I would like to make my family, member association CIFA and country proud” continued Piri.The event overall attracts more than 3,500 youth athletes competing in 26 sports over two weeks from August 16th to 28th. Kicking off on August 15th the football competitions will serve as an integral prelude to the Youth Olympic Games.Each tournament will feature six teams, representing a FIFA Confederation; representing Oceania will be Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.Piri is no stranger to officiating on the international stage recently returning from officiating OFC’s Under 19 Men’s Champion played in Suva, Fiji 23rd to 31st of May.“To prepare for a tournament you need to train hard and also do a lot of reading about the law of the game as this is the FIFA bible” stated Piri. Cook Islands Football Referee Development Officer Lai Gukisuva is ecstatic with the opportunity that the Cook Islands have to showcase its talented assistant referee. “It is an extremely proud moment for the Cook Islands to have Piri officiating at the Youth Summer Olympics for FIFA” says Gukisuva. “There are lots of opportunities for our referees on an international level and we encourage anyone interested to contact us if they are interested in joining our refereeing team. This appointment will no doubt open more doors for other local referees” continues Gukisuva.“If you are dedicated to what you want, you can achieve it. Always believe in God and you will achieve a lot in life” said Piri. Piri’s continued dedication and commitment to football refereeing is reflected in his continued international appointments with OFC and FIFA. “It is always good to see our referees from the Cook Islands recognized and given the opportunities to officiate on an international level. There are pathways for our dedicated referees in Rarotonga and internationally” states Gukisuva.Cook Islands Football Association would like to congratulate Terry Piri on his selection.