1) Papua named worst region for income equality, Babel the best
Reporter/Writer Posted: Mon, April 18 2016 | 05:45 pm
4) President to Open ISC on April 29 in Papua
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is set to open the Indonesia Soccer Championship (ISC) in the easternmost Indonesian province of Papua on April 29.
"The president is ready to attend the championship. He will also open it," manager of Persib Bandung soccer club Umuh Michtar said after a meeting between the representatives of the soccer clubs, the Indonesian association of provincial soccer clubs and the president, at the Merdeka Palace on Friday.
During the meeting with the president, they discussed a wide range of issues including continuing soccer championships, the freeze on the Indonesian Football Association (PSSI), assistance from regional budget for soccer clubs, and a call to hold an extraordinary congress of the PSSI.
Umuh said the meeting with the president was aimed at seeking his support for the continuation of the ISC.
"What is important is that the ISC will be opened in Papua on April 29. That is a good thing," he said.
With the revival of the ISC, soccer clubs will receive Rp5 billion in funds, he said.
"The champion, runner up and semifinalists, will also receive Rp6.5 billion in cash," he said.
He expressed the hope that the organizer of the ISC will be professional.
At the meeting, many small and financially-strapped soccer clubs asked the president to help them receive funds from regional budget, he said.