60-Year-Old Suriname VP Plays International Football Match

60-Year-Old Suriname VP Plays International Football Match 2
Suriname VP, Ronnie Brunswijk. Source: Facebook/Ronnie Brunswijk


Suriname Vice President Ronnie Brunswijk took a break from his political duties Tuesday to play a soccer match — a pro-team CONCACAF league match. At age 60.

Brunswijk could also be second in line to the presidency, however he’s captain of the Inter Moengotapoe soccer workforce. He’s additionally the workforce proprietor.

Brunswijk performed for 54 minutes in Inter Moengotapoe’s 6-0 loss to CD Olimpia of Honduras in Suriname’s capital Paramaribo.

Wearing the quantity 61 — symbolic of 1961, the 12 months of his beginning — the vp performed within the ahead place alongside Damian Brunswijk, who occurs to be his son.

“Ronnie Brunswijk (Vice-President of Suriname and President of Inter Moengotapoe) becomes the oldest player (60 years and 198 days) to play in an international club match,” the sports activities commentator often called “MisterChip” tweeted.

A former military sergeant and ex-rebel chief, Brunswijk participated in Suriname’s civil conflict within the Nineteen Eighties in opposition to then-dictator Desi Bouterse.

Today Brunswijk is a rich businessman in addition to a politician, however in 1999 he was discovered responsible in absentia of drug trafficking and sentenced to eight years in jail by a court docket within the Netherlands, Suriname’s former colonial energy.

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A French court docket discovered him responsible for a similar crime and in 2000 sentenced him to 10 years jail.

Brunswijk nonetheless is secure at dwelling, as Suriname doesn’t extradite its residents.

First elected to parliament in 2005, Brunswijk fashioned an alliance with the top of the principle political opposition, former justice minister Chandrikapersad Santokhi.

In July 2020 Santokhi was elected president for a 5 12 months time period, with Brunswijk as his vice-president.

Brunswijk won’t take part his workforce’s second leg event sport in Honduras, since he can not go away the nation with out threat of going through authorized hassle.


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60-Year-Old Suriname VP Plays International Football Match

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