Very Rev. Raban Jack Yakoub, Director of SPYD, welcomed His Holiness and thanked him for blessing the championship by his personal presence. He also welcomed the 32 teams participating in the championship from five different governorates in Syria. He also spoke about the goals of the championship, mainly strengthening the love and respect bonds between children of the various churches.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Mor Maurice Amsih, Archbishop of Jazeera and Euphrates, Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Deacon Imad Syryany.