The ITF places a large emphasis on having highly qualified officials and umpires at all of our championships. One of the key aspects in achieving this goal is training and education of our referees. The ITF runs International Umpire Courses around the world on a regular basis at the request of our members and especially prior to all major championships such as World Cups and World Championships, to ensure all our officials are up to date with the rules, regulations and the latest technical aspects of our art. The IUCs are led by the ITF Umpire Committee, chaired by Master Alberto Katz from Argentina and currently with Master Kurt Ottesen from Canada and Master Reuben Suarez from the USA as members. The Umpire Committee also works in conjunction with Grand Master Bos, ITF Director.