President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Tuesday urged Maldivian athletes competing in international competitions to work hard to bring success and a good name to their country. He made the remark during meeting held at the President’s Office with the Maldivian athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games and Islamic Solidarity Games 2022.

The President noted that only a few people get the prestigious opportunity of representing their nation in international arenas and said that it is an honour to represent their country in sports events internationally.

President Solih added that the government was working to provide the necessary training facilities and tools required to succeed in the global arena. In this regard, he said that the government has worked hard over the last four years to develop sports in the Maldives. He also reaffirmed the government’s commitment to finding opportunities for athletes without making distinctions based on the athlete’s chosen sport.

At the meeting, President received a "For the Oceans" jersey kit. The kit was designed to incorporate elements of the ocean and the Maldives way of life.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games will be held in Birmingham, England, from July 28 to August 8, 2022, with 46 Maldives athletes and officials participating.

The 5th Islamic Solidarity Games are organized in the city of Konya, Turkey from 9 to 21 August 2022. A total of 62 officials and athletes from the Maldives will be competing at the games.