On Tuesday, International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) announced that Algeria’s Abdellah Boudjehem had been selected to serve as an umpire at the 2016 Summer Paralympics. He will be part of the largest delegation of African umpires ever at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Boudjehem has been involved in officiating the sport at the highest level for a number of years, and completing an umpiring course in Morocco following his nomination by the Fédération algérienne de tennis de table. He has previously served as an umpire at other high level events, including the 2008 Summer Olympics.
49 umpires have been selected by the IITF to officiate at either the Olympic or Paralympic Games. Only three African countries had umpires selected among this group, Nigeria, Algeria and Egypt.