Two Sri Lankans and brothers at that – Nizam Hajireen and Zahiran Hajireen – excelled in their respective capacities as Chairman Panel of Jury and International Referee at the Sepaktakraw Competition at the Guangzhow Asian Games in China.
The next assignment for the Sri Lankan due will be the South East Asian (SEA) Games to be held in Jakarta Indonesia next year.
Nizam Hajireen, President of the Amateur Sepaktakraw Association of Sri Lanka was nominated by the Asian Sepaktakraw Federation as the Chairman of the Panel of Jury which consisted of a member each from Malaysia, Korea and the Philippines whilst Zahiran Hajireen, who is the chairman of the Technical Committee of the Amateur Sepaktakraw Association of Sri Lanka was selected to officiate as a Referee of the Games along with referees from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, Japan, Korea, China and Pakistan.
The two from Sri Lanka were awarded the Merit Excellence Certificates of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for their performances.
Nizam Hajireen is a former Police rugby skipper and Sri Lanka rugby fullback.
The Gold Medals for Regu and Team events for both men and women were won by Thailand (total of 4 Gold medals) whilst Malaysia won Silver and Korea and Japan shared the Bronze. In the Doubles event. Myanmar won both men and women Gold with China wining Silver and Indonesia and India the Bronze.