Didik Mukrianto appointed Asia Rugby Vice President
Asia Rugby has announced the appointment of Doctor Didik Mukrianto, S.H., M.H. President of Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia (PRUI) to fill the vacant position of third Vice President.
The previous Vice President has resigned creating the vacancy, but it’s not really clear why there is a need for three Vice Presidents at Asia Rugby. The Asia Rugby President is Qais Al-Dhalai (UAE), while the other VPs are Fawzi Khawaja (Pakistan) and Velayuthan Tan (Malaysia).
Dr Mukrianto has previously held a role with the Indonesian Football National Association (PSSI) serving in the Law and Appeal Commission, in addition to several successful business interests and ventures.
In 2017, he was elected President of Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia and he has been an integral part of the growth of rugby in Indonesia.
Asia Rugby says “Under his leadership, the Get Into Rugby (GIR) participation numbers have grown from 1,875 in 2016 to 27,128 in 2019, and Indonesia has successfully hosted the historical Asian Games in 2018 where Rugby Sevens was featured with the International Olympic Committee’s President Thomas Bach attending the event. PRUI has hosted many other Asia Rugby events during the course of the last 4 years.”
Didik Mukrianto received an award as one of the best National Sports Leaders by the Indonesian Journalists Association for commitment in rugby in Indonesia.
Rugby in Indonesia
Indonesian Rugby (Persatuan Rugby Union Indonesia) was formed in May 2004 and the organisation was also previously known as Indonesian Development Rugby (IDR) from 2004-2005, Indonesian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) 2005-2010, before it became PRUI.
The Rugby Indonesia website only claims that there are just over 4,500 boys in Get Into Rugby, and 3,500 girls. In addition, there are 35 rugby clubs and over 700 registered players at a senior level.
PRUI was granted Associate Membership of the Asia Rugby in 2004 and Full Membership in 2005. PRUI gained Associate Membership of World Rugby in 2008, and has been recognised as a Full Member since 2013.
Asia Rugby EXCO
Asia Rugby held its 2020 Annual General Meeting and Council meeting in November 2020 and elected new Executive Committee (EXCO) 2021 members.
The new EXCO sees:
- 29% female member representation
- 76% of unions’ nominees
- 9 Committees
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