Tournament for harmony

GAME ON: Bhutanese community member Kaman Monger and uni player Mohsen Hedayati with Bhutanese, Afghani and university team members. Picture: Scott Gelston.
GAME ON: Bhutanese community member Kaman Monger and uni player Mohsen Hedayati with Bhutanese, Afghani and university team members. Picture: Scott Gelston.

A soccer tournament on the weekend will celebrate harmony and promote diversity.

The tournament, part of Harmony Week, was organised by the Australian Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania, supported by the University of Tasmania and the City of Launceston.

Eleven teams representing diverse cultures from across the state will participate. 

Australian Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania chairman Rup Koirala said the tournament facilitated an opportunity for people of different and diverse cultures and communities to convene and compete.

Mr Koirala said Nepalese, African and Afghani communities would be among those represented. UTAS will have a team too.

“It’s very good to bring people together to introduce each other,” Mr Koirala said. 

Nine male teams and two females teams will participate. It is the third year the Bhutanese society has organised the annual event.

“We would like to keep doing it every year,” he said. 

He said members of the Bhutanese community playing in the soccer tournament were already “very excited”. 

Mr Koirala said the society wanted to welcome spectators to come and observe the tournament. 

Spectators are invited to watch the tournament for free at the UTAS soccer oval, which is at the Newnham campus.

It will occur from 9am on Saturday, March 18 until 6pm, with the tournament continuing from 9am Sunday, March 19 with the finals played between 4pm and 6pm that day. 

Multicultural cuisine will be available for purchase.