RI kids endure tough selection to experience world class sport, life lessons – Mon, June 18 2018

True potential: Muhammad Raffa Rolly Casillas (left) and Alfonso Hezkia Kaleb Hutabarat pose for a photograph on the sidelines of the sixth edition of the Gazprom Football for Friendship World Championship held at the Sapsan Arena in Moscow in June 12. (JP/Dicky Christanto)Two Indonesian youngsters, Muhammad Raffa Rolly Casillas and Alfonso Hizkia Kaleb Hutabarat, both aged 12, said they had a once-in-a-lifetime experience that taught them the core values of sport and life.

Raffa, who was selected from dozens of his peers, is a goalkeeper, while Alfonso is a young journalist. Both participated in the sixth edition of the Football for Friendship World Championship, a two-day event that was held at the Sapsan Arena in Moscow from June 12 to 13.

“It never crossed my mind that I would travel this far to Moscow and participate in this event. Making new friends from various n…