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ARTICLES - National 24 Jul, 2023

Mohammad Talha attains World Athletics Silver-Level Referee Certification
Sports Bulletin ReportLAHORE: Mohammad Talha Iftikhar, CECS Level-I Lecturer, has reached a significant milestone in his officiating career by securing the World Athletics Silver-Level Referee certification. Talha's exceptional achievement is a testament to his expertise and unwavering dedication to excellence in the field of athletics officiating.In a competitive International Examination organized by World Athletics, 400 top technical officials from around the world, including 4 from Pakistan, showcased their skills and knowledge. Mohammad Talha has been declared as the first and only Pakistani to attain the highly-coveted Silver-Level Referee certification, positioning him among the top five referees to successfully clear the examination in Asia.According to an official of the Athletic Federation of Pakistan (AFP), with this distinguished certification, Talha Iftikhar will be entrusted to officiate athletics track and field events at the international level. His responsibilities may encompass presiding over some of the most prestigious competitions in the world, including the Olympic Games, World Championships, the Diamond League, and the World Athletics Continental Tour.The Athletics Federation of Pakistan extends heartfelt congratulations to Mohammad Talha Iftikhar for this outstanding feat. His dedication, commitment, and pursuit of excellence serve as a testament to the values and principles upheld by our federation. We firmly believe that Talha's achievement will inspire aspiring officials within Pakistan and beyond to strive for greatness in the world of athletics. Moreover, this certification opens up a world of opportunities for Talha's future in the officiating realm. Building on his four years of proven experience as a Silver-Level Referee, Talha will become eligible to pursue the prestigious World Athletics Gold Level Referee certification, the international recognition for officials in athletics events.