Experienced referee squad appointed for Tokyo Games


LAUSANNE, Switzerland, February 10, 2020 – Dominican Denny Céspedes, American Patricia Rolf and Mexican Luis Macías are the three volleyball referees from NORCECA announced today by FIVB among the highly-experienced volleyball and beach volleyball referees that will ensure the highest standards of officiating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.


Puerto Rican Carlos Rivera and American Brigham Beatie will officiate in the beach volleyball tournament.


The teams comprise the world’s best 22 volleyball and 19 beach volleyball referees, representing all five Continental Confederations.


The referees will be overseen by six referee coaches (three per disciplines), all of whom are members of the FIVB Refereeing and Rules of the Games Commission. The referee coaches will supervise the referee teams, providing guidance, based on their extensive knowledge and expertise, in the build-up to and during the Olympic Games.


For the first time in Olympic history, the referee teams for each discipline will also include three ‘Challenge’ referees, who will be assigned to support the work of the first and second referees during matches. The highly-renowned Video Challenge System was successfully introduced at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to ensure greater accuracy and add to the spectacle of matches.  


Volleyball – Referee team


Guillermo Paredes (ARG) – Referee coach

Alexander Steel (SCO) – Referee coach

Sergey Titov (RUS) – Referee coach

Shin Muranaka (JPN) – Referee

Sumie Myoi (JPN) - Referee

Andrei Zenovich (RUS) - Referee

Juraj Mokry (SVK) - Referee

Susana Maria Rodriguez (ESP) - Referee

Paulo Turci (BRA) - Referee

Denny Cespedes (DOM) - Referee

Wojciech Maroszek (POL) - Referee

Daniele Rapisarda (ITA) - Referee

Patricia Rolf (USA) - Referee

Vladimir Simonovic (SRB) - Referee

Hernan Casamiquela (ARG) - Referee

Nasr Shaaban (EGY) - Referee

Liu Jiang (CHN) - Referee

Fabrice Collados (FRA) - Referee

Kang Joo-Hee (KOR) - Referee

Mohammad Shahmiri (IRI) - Referee

Hamid Alrousi (UAE) - Referee

Luis Macias (MEX) - Referee

Taoufik Boudaya (TUN) – Challenge referee

Zorica Bjelic (SRB) – Challenge referee

Arturo Di Giacomo (BEL) – Challenge referee


Beach volleyball – Referee team


José Casanova (POR) – Referee coach

Maria Amelia Villas-Boas (BRA) – Referee coach

André Trottier (CAN) – Referee coach

Osvaldo Sumavil (ARG) - Referee

Mário Ferro (BRA) – Referee

Juan Carlos Saavedra Caceres (COL) - Referee

José Maria Padron (ESP) – Referee

Julien Bruxelles (FRA) - Referee

Charalampos Papadogoulas (GRE) – Referee

Davide Crescentini (ITA) – Referee

Agnieszka Myszkowska (POL) – Referee

Rui Jorge Carvalho (POR) – Referee

Roman Pristovakin (RUS) - Referee

Nina Hobi (AUT) - Referee

Wang Lijun (CHN) – Referee

Mariko Satomi (JPN) - Referee

Carlos L. Rivera Rodriguez (PUR) - Referee

Brigham Beatie (USA) – Referee

Giovanni Bake (RSA) - Referee

Jonas Personeni (SUI) – Challenge Referee

Elzir Martins de Oliveira (BRA) – Challenge Referee

John Bennett (AUS) - Challenge Referee