Travel warnings and the terrorist attacks that rocked Surabaya worried football player Alessandro Del Piero and his family recently. The Italian football legend was to give a coaching clinic and participate in a fund-raising campaign to aid refugees of the Sinabung volcano eruption.
“I know what happened here in Indonesia. Of course, my family and the people around me naturally feel worried,” said Del Piero upon arrival at the JW Marriot Hotel Medan in May. Although nervous, Del Piero still visited Medan because to the Juventus legend, terrorism is not just happening in Indonesia. “What’s more,” he said, “football can be a unifying factor in the midst of a security crisis.” He continued by quoting Nelson Mandela’s famous words: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire in a way that little else does.”
This story appears in the June 2018 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstands, or subscribe here.