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Indonesian Diaspora Network football league tournament kicks–off
January 6, 2018, 4:21 pm

The Indonesian Diaspora Network in Kuwait (IDN-Kuwait) launched its annual Soccer League Tournament ‘2018 Liga Bola Diaspora Indonesia’ on Friday morning at Al-Saheel Sports Complex with six participating teams from different works sectors and which comprise of Indonesian nationals working in the country. Indonesian Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Tatang Budi Utama Razak spearheaded the annual event that was organized by PERKIBAR and FKMI. About five hundred Indonesian nationals turned up for the opening.

The event kicked-off with the Indonesian National Anthem followed by the opening remarks delivered by Wahyono Sutrisno, chairperson of the committee. Indonesian envoy delivered a brief speech. A group of young children from ‘Pengajian Al Husna’ presented a dance ‘Senam Maumere’ and were joined by the officials. Traditional kick-off by the Indonesian envoy signalled the official opening of the league.

“Occasions like this are very important for us Indonesians; we take this great opportunity to socialize and bond with our nationals and somehow keep in touch with them. Throughout the year we have several events, and such outdoor activities are good opportunities for the families to engage in sports and games. I congratulate its organizers and wish everyone safe and keep in mind the spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie,” said the Indonesian envoy. Edi Rahmat, Chairman of IDN-Kuwait, explained that the objective of the event is to strengthen the cooperation and friendship between members of the community and to continue the annual tournament. He also extended his gratitude to the embassy and the community for their generous and kind support.

The football tournament is fully supported and sponsored by Indonesian Embassy and participating teams that include KBRI FC, PIP FC, Ambulance FC, PPK FC, Aremak FC, and MU FC. The tournament will run for ten weeks, with matches conducted every Friday morning, along with games and sports for children and food stalls that will serve traditional Indonesian delicacies, until March. The first match was played between Embassy team KBRI FC and AREMAK FC, with the embassy winning the match.

Ricky Laxa
Staff Writer

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