|18 June 2013|
EUROBASKET WOMEN 2013
|Ilona Kucerova, Jasmina Juras and Fabiana Nitu wrote history on Day 2, being the first all-female referee team to officiate a EuroBasket Women game|
The first round game between Italy and Spain on Sunday marked the first time in EuroBasket Women history that a team of three female referees were officiating.
Jasmina Juras of Serbia, Ilona Kucerova of the Czech Republic and Fabiana Nitu of Romania were the officials nominated for the game that ended in Spain's favour, 71-59.
"To be completely honest, we didn't realise that this was the first time three female referees were officiating a EuroBasket Women game. We only knew after the game," commented Kucerova.
The 37-year-old, a FIBA Referee since 2006, admitted that the nomination felt natural and confirmed that good refereeing is about chemistry and not gender.
"We have used all-female referee teams in EuroLeague Women and EuroCup Women before.
"We felt very confident and comfortable out there and enjoyed the game; we were such a good team out there in terms of understanding."
The likes of Kucerova, Juras and Nitu have paved the way for young women referees over the past few years, resulting in an increased number of female officials at international events.
Out of the 28 officials nominated for this EuroBasket Women, nine are women, all having earned their spot on merit.
Kucerova expects this number to grow further in the coming years and all-female teams to no longer be such a rarity.
"I definitely think, especially after this EuroBasket Women, that three female referees on the court will become a regular thing," she concluded.