Maldivian Olympic athletes Mohamed Ajufan Rasheed and Azneem Ahmed have returned to Male’ keen to share their experiences at the London 2012 games and their plans for the future.
As the Maldivian National Football team begin their first Nehru Cup campaign tomorrow against Nepal, Technical Director of the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) believes international experience is key to the further development of the national sport.
The proposal to develop Thanburudhoo near Male’ as a boutique surf resort will halve the number of breaks open to local surfers and particularly impact safari operators due to the limited access, a group of local surfers have claimed.
Several resort managers have voiced concern that revenue raising measures proposed by the Finance Ministry will affect the financial viability of the tourism industry while providing little improvement in service or support in return.
“We are going to protest this if we have to. Surfing is part of our culture and has been for many years. Even my grandfather used to surf,” Maldives Surfing Association member Ahmed Rifaee told Minivan News.
Proposals for the creation of a series of five man-made islands to support leisure developments such as a 19-hole golf course in the Maldives are expected to become a reality by the end of next year, project developers have told UK media.
“Some of the best surfers in the lineup are locals, that’s for sure,” said Tropicsurf director Mark Winson who is co-ordinating the Maldives Domestic Champions Trophy, to be held August 27 to September 2 alongside a showdown between six world champions.
The Soneva Group, owner of the upmarket eco-concious Soneva Fushi resort, has sought to clarify the facts surrounding allegations in the UK’s Private Eye magazine.
“When the government decides that a project be stopped, we will make sure this happens,” said President’s Office Spokesperson Abbas Adil Riza.