Indonesians kick off sporting events before I-Day

ABU DHABI — Indonesian community members living in Abu Dhabi have started their annual sports competitions in the run-up to their country's independence day which falls on August 17.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 11 Jul 2006, 10:01 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:10 PM

The competitions were inaugurated by the Indonesian Ambassador, Faisal Bafadal, at the Indonesian Embassy in the capital.

In a symbolic start to the competitions, the ambassador played a smash shot at a table-tennis table and declared the activities related to the 61st anniversary celebrations of Indonesia's Independence Day open.

A table tennis match was followed by competitions in badminton, a "gaple" match, tennis, scrabble, chess and bowling. Around 350 people from Embassy's staff and Indonesian communities living in Abu Dhabi attended.

The event was organised by Indonesian Embassy in Abu Dhabi together with Indonesian society in Abu Dhabi and aimed to increase the sense of togetherness and solidarity among all Indonesian society. A number of sport competitions will be held every Wednesday and Friday until the beginning of August.

This event is one of the many activities conducted and organised by Indonesian Embassy to celebrate the Independence Day. The Indonesian flag will be hoisted on the occasion. The Indonesian gathering night and a diplomatic function will be held. The gathering night is a special forum for the Indonesian community members to demonstrate their skill in singing, dancing, and other cultural performances. Prizes will also be awarded for the winners and participants at that night, and at the end there will be a door prize for getting a ticket to Jakarta.

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