First national sports awards presented in Maldives

National sports awards were presented to gold medal winners of international sports events by President Mohamed Nasheed during a ceremony at Dharubaaruge last evening.

This is the first year that the awards have been given.

The award program is designed to give national recognition to winners of various international sports events.

Speaking at last night’s function, the President said sports make valuable contributions to the formation of a national identity. In this regard, the role of sports in the lifestyle of Maldivian youth is important, he explained.

The President further said that expanding opportunities for citizens to engage in sports and increasing sport program funding is a government priority.

Between 2012 and 2013 the government currently plans to spend Rf600 million (US$38.9 million) on sports.