According to Wright, his involvement in the Rio Olympics finals is without a doubt one of the major highlights in his hockey career. “It will definitely go down as one of my umpiring career highlights, along with the Athens final in 2004, as well as the three other World Cups in which I umpired.”
In a telephonic interview, Wright said: “I’m not nervous yet, but I'm sure tomorrow will be something different. Yes, it's my fifth Olympic Games, and it will be my second final, but every time is a new challenge. I'm extremely grateful for all the messages of support and well wishes that I have received since the appointments were announced.”
TUT Director of Sport and Recreation, Shadrack Nthangeni, hailed Wright’s appointment as an umpire for the Olympics Men’s Hockey Finals in Rio as a phenomenal achievement for himself, the institution and the country.
“TUT Sport would like to congratulate John on his appointment to umpire the 2016 Men’s Hockey Olympics final. This is indeed like a gold medal for SA and TUT,” said Ntangeni.
Prof Lourens van Staden, TUT’s Vice-chancellor, added his voice to the well wishes and congratulated John on his outstanding achievements during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. “The TUT community is immensely proud of his achievements during the Rio Olympics. He has proved to be a highly professional, fair and popular umpire throughout the 2016 Olympics. We wish him all the best for tonight’s match!”
The Rio Olympics Men's Hockey Finals between Belgium and Argentina is set to kick off @ 22:00, SA time today, 18 August.
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