Nizam-aaqil only father-son to of­fi­ci­ate Bradby

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS - BY HAR­SHA AMARASINGH­E Aaqil Jamaldeen

Af­ter suc­cess­fully of­fi­ci­at­ing the first-leg of the 75th Bradby Shield en­counter last Satur­day, Aaqil Jamaldeen be­came the youngest ever Ref­eree to have blown the whis­tle in the most pres­ti­gious an­nual rugby game in Sri Lanka.

In do­ing so, the 24-year-old fol­lowed the steps of his father Nizam Jamaldeen who had of­fi­ci­ated in the Bradby Shield way back in 2001 mak­ing them the only father and son to have blown the whis­tle in Bradby Shield en­coun­ters.

Nizam who is now the Pres­i­dent of the Sri Lanka So­ci­ety of Rugby Foot­ball Ref­er­ees (SLSRFR) stated that he is ‘in­cred­i­bly proud’ of the ‘rare feat.’

“It is a very rare feat and I am proud as a father and also as the Pres­i­dent of the Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety. I hope in fu­ture we will see many records like this from other ref­er­ees as well,” Nizam told

yes­ter­day. De­spite some pre­match crit­i­cism about Aaqil be­ing a for­mer Roy­al­ist, the young ref­eree did a re­mark­able job on Satur­day.

“He has re­ceived a lot of pos­i­tive com­ments about his ref­er­ee­ing in the Bradby Shield and I be­lieve he has ma­tured a lot now.the fact that he was also able to blow the whis­tle dur­ing cer­tain Asia Rugby events has also helped him,” added Nizam.

It is a very rare feat and I am proud as a father and also as the Pres­i­dent of the Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety. I hope in fu­ture we will see many records like this from other ref­er­ees as well

The Pres­i­dent of the SLSRFR also be­lieves that Aaqil’s per­for­mance would also in­spire the other young ref­er­ees.

“I think this is a fine ex­am­ple of how well our young ref­er­ees could do and I hope our young ref­er­ees can take in­spi­ra­tion from this,” Nizam claimed. Over the years the SLSRFR came un­der se­ri­ous crit­i­cism from play­ers, schools as well as fans, but Nizam is con­fi­dent that the young gen­er­a­tion of ref­er­ees would be able to make a huge dif­fer­ence.“i think our ref­er­ees have im­proved a lot es­pe­cially the young gen­er­a­tion. We con­duct a lot of work­shops and train­ing pro­grammes as the Ref­er­ees So­ci­ety. I can clearly see how well they have done,” he con­cluded.

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