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1. Referees must be minimally literate. Barely literate referees, unable to understand basic elements of anatomy, are incapable of making judgment claims in sports such as powerlifting, that requires some technical knowledge of human body parts.
2. “Random refereeing”, where a lift is red lighted without any reasonable motive and where experienced athletes are unable to understand which rule was applied to invalidate it disqualify the meet and the sport.
3. Strict refereeing cannot be mistaken with abundant (and/or random) no-lifts. This type of refereeing will not, as claimed, improve the sport or raise the bar. It will only establish terror and suspicion as to biased judgment.
Strict refereeing is the rigorous application of rules codified in a rulebook, which means that anyone in possession of the book will be able to understand what is going on at the platform.
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