Indonesian embassy to host ASEAN missions tennis tournament in DQ

Updated 21 August 2014
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Indonesian embassy to host ASEAN missions tennis tournament in DQ

The embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Riyadh will host ASEAN Riyadh Sports and Social Committee (ARSSC) table tennis tournament 2014.
The tournament is being held in the month of August to mark the celebration of ASEAN’s 47th anniversary on Aug. 8 and to promote the ASEAN community as a united family.
Ahrul Tsani Fathurrahman, second secretary for Information, culture and social affairs at the Indonesian embassy here, told Arab News on Thursday that the tourney will kick off here on Saturday at the Indonesian Chancery in the Diplomatic Quarter.
Seeing action are all eight diplomatic missions of ASEAN countries in Riyadh namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
"Each diplomatic missions will send a team comprising of four players who will play in one of three categories - men's single, women's single and open double (men's or women's double or mixed doubles," Fathurrahman said.
"At the same time, each team will also be supported by their own colleagues from their respective missions," he added.
This table tennis tournament is first of eight sports events to be organized by the diplomatic missions of ASEAN countries in Riyadh this year, he said.
"Each member country sponsors at least one event," he underlined.
He further said that the Indonesian embassy as the host is also to serve special Indonesian culinary in a luncheon for all participants and their supporters at the end of the event.
Notably, the ASEAN sports activities are organized by the ASEAN sports and social committee which is under the ARSSC in Riyadh and composed of the heads of missions of ASEAN in the Kingdom.
The current chair of the ASEAN Riyadh Committee is with the Vietnam embassy.


Maurizio Sarri wants to meet Eden Hazard to discuss Chelsea future

Updated 10 min 19 sec ago
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Maurizio Sarri wants to meet Eden Hazard to discuss Chelsea future

  • Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is one of the top two or three players in Europe and he wants to meet the Belgium forward
  • Hazard is taking time off after the World Cup along with Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois

LONDON: Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri says Eden Hazard is one of the top two or three players in Europe and he wants to meet the Belgium forward face-to-face to discuss his future.
Hazard said at the World Cup in Russia that “it might be time to discover something different“ after spending the last six years with Chelsea. He has been linked with a move to European champion Real Madrid, which recently sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
Hazard is taking time off after the World Cup along with Belgium teammate Thibaut Courtois, whose future is also the matter of some debate.
Sarri says he doesn’t just want to phone the players who have yet to return to preseason training because a “telephone call without looking in their eyes will not give any certainty. I want to meet them face-to-face and understand what’s the best thing to do for everyone.”
Sarri says Hazard is “one of the top two or three European players,” adding that he hopes “to improve Hazard but that will be difficult.”
In his first news conference as Chelsea coach since joining from Napoli, Sarri said he will play in a “slightly different way” to predecessor Antonio Conte, who won the Premier League in his first season and FA Cup in his second after changing to a three-man defense.
Chelsea has already signed holding midfielder Jorginho from Napoli this offseason. Sarri says he would like more quality in the midfield area to fit his preferred approach, while adding that he could also adapt to the players he currently has in the squad.
Chelsea didn’t qualify for this season’s Champions League.