The inter-alumni tennis tournament for Indonesian universities was opened by the Chairman of the Indonesian Tennis Association, Prof. Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej, on Saturday (17/6). In this tournament, which is being held for the 13th time, Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES) serves as the host.
Representatives of alumni associations from various universities in Indonesia are participating in this tournament, there are Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Brawijaya, Universitas Padjajaran, Universitas Negeri Padang, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Tarumanegara, Universitas Islam Indonesia, IPB University, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Universitas Tri Sakti, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Diponegoro, Universitas Jambi, Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Universitas Andalas, and Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November Surabaya.
The Chairman of the Tournament Committee, Dr. Wirawan Sumbodo, explained that the tournament is being participated by 16 teams of university alumni associations from across Indonesia. “Each team includes 20 athletes accompanied by 3 officials. So, overall, this tournament is participated by 368 athletes and officials,” he said.
Before the tournament started, the participants attended a gala dinner and had a friendly gathering at the Moch Ihsan Building, Semarang City Hall Complex.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of IKA UNNES, Dr. Budiyanto, expressed his pride in the trust given to IKA UNNES for hosting the tournament this time. “On behalf of all UNNES alumni, we express our gratitude for the trust given by fellow alumni from various universities in Indonesia who have entrusted us to organize the 13th tennis tournament in 2023,” said Dr. Budiyanto.
For Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES), this tournament holds strategic significance in strengthening the bond and camaraderie among alumni from various regions in the country.
“That bond and camaraderie serve as a support and reinforcement for national unity and harmony, the diversity that has strengthened Indonesia thus far will further strengthen the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI),” said the Rector of UNNES, Prof. Dr. S. Martono, M.Si.
In the previous event, IKA Undip emerged as the overall champion