A total of 120 referees have this Monday under gone medical tests in preparations for the physical fitness tests slated for tomorrow, Tuesday at Mandela National stadium – Namboole.
Cranes team doctor, Ronald Kisolo and FUFA Medical Committee member Dr. Bob Opoka conducted the long day exercise here at FUFA House. Clients included FIFA badge holders, USL, Big League and Regional League referees.
Speaking shortly before the exercise closed, Dr. Kisolo said the activity was mandatory to avoid those with health problems from undergoing the fitness tests tomorrow.
The referees were examined on a number of areas that included the heart functionality, vision, recognition of colours, body temperatures, bone positioning, aneamia and breathing among others. Kisolo further explained that the statutes required that every referee had to have good hearing skills with no wax plug in his/her ears and that both eyes must be normal with clear vision. The fitness tests start at 7:00am.
Referee Kutegana Peter was the only victim of this exercise after doctors found his blood pressure being too high to undertake the fitness tests on Tuesday. Dr. Kisolo said the referee had been put on medication to stabilize his health.
In a related development, 40 referees’ assessors are currently undergoing a two-day refresher course at Namboole. The course closes Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile FIFA instructors Carlos Henrique and Felix Tangawalima are already in the country to conduct the referees’ elite course.
The course officially opens in Namboole at 2:00pm on Tuesday and will close Friday.