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Dr Una Hong

Dr Una Hong has been selected as a referee for the 2012 Games

6 July 2012

Former Loughborough University student Dr Una Hong has been selected as a referee for the London 2012 Olympics.

Una, who did a PhD in Sport Policy at Loughborough, also officiated at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 where she was the youngest referee.

She refereed three women’s matches, including the semi final between Germany and Brazil.

She said at the time: “It’s a dream come true to referee an Olympic semi final. I’ve had two good matches here which I’ve really enjoyed, but I didn’t really expect to be selected for the semis. Brazil and Germany are the best teams in the world.

“To referee the opening match of the Games, which involved the home team, was brilliant and the atmosphere was something else. At the second match there were 51,000 spectators. It’s great to be at the Olympics, it’s fantastic experience for me.”

One of the world’s top referees, Una refereed the women’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Everton in 2010.

Una officiated in England after she came to the UK to study.

She worked for Durham University as a Teaching Fellow after completing her Ph.D. at Loughborough and returned to South Korea at the end of last year and has been lecturing at universities in Seoul, including Ewha Women's University where she graduated.

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