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Bali to Host National and International Kempo Tournaments

Back-to-Back Kempo Championships to Be Held in July 2009.

(6/6/2009) Plans are in place for Bali to host both a national Kempo championship followed by an international championships in the sport. The international championships are expected to attract 400 kenshi hailing from 20 countries on July 25-26, 2009, at Bali's Lila Bhuana Sports Complex.

Included among the countries expected to participate are Russia, Sweden, Australia, Timor Leste, U.S.A., Brazil.

The Vice-Chairman of the Indonesian Kempo Association (Perkemi), Fredrik Billy, has told the press that preparations for the international championships are now 70% complete. An advance team comprised of organizers and Japanese Kempo officials visited Bali on May 22-24 to review preparations for the events. According to Billy, the advance team of Japanese and Indonesian officials totaling 12 people found no major obstacle that could impede the championships in July.

As regards athlete participation, we have already coordinated that with travel agents," Billy explained.

Billy dismissed and concerns being expressed on the close proximity of his events with the presidential elections scheduled for July 8th. "I can't see them (the elections) as having any effect. What's more, we asked for security from the State," continued Billy.

Just prior to the international championships in Bali, the Island's perkemi will host the Indonesian Open Championships in Kempo. To be held July 20-22, The international event will be held July 25-26 with the Indonesian athletes victorious at the Indonesian championships earning the right to represent their country at the international championships three days later.