Nitin Kannamwar to undergo 4th Olympic assignment

The country’s leading tennis official, referee Nitin Kannamwar, will be the Chief of Umpires in the Paralympics in Rio. It will be the fourth Olympic assignment for the seasoned Nitin, a Railway employee, who had officiated in the Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and the Beijing (2008) Games. In fact, Nitin was the Assistant Chief of Umpires in both the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.

Nitin Kannamwar (right) and Sagar Kashyap will officiate in the Rio Olympics. This will be Sagar Kashyap's first Olympics assignment, as a line umpire.   -  S. S. Kumar

The country’s leading tennis official, referee Nitin Kannamwar, will be the Chief of Umpires in the Paralympics in Rio. It will be the fourth Olympic assignment for the seasoned Nitin, a Railway employee, who had officiated in the Sydney (2000), Athens (2004) and the Beijing (2008) Games. In fact, Nitin was the Assistant Chief of Umpires in both the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.

A gold badge referee of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Nitin had officiated as the referee in the two Youth Olympics in Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing, China, last year. He has also officiated as chair umpire in all the four Grand Slams. Nitin will be accompanied by first timer Shreeram Gokhale of Pune as a chair umpire in the Paralympics in Rio.

Two other Indian technical officials, Sagar Kashyap of Mysuru and Saibal Banerjee of Kolkata will be officiating in their first Olympics in Rio, as line umpires.