Maldives withdraws from regional sports tournament over financial concerns

The Maldives has pulled out of the 12th South Asian Federation (SAF) Junior Table-Tennis Championship due to financial concerns, Indian media has reported.

The withdrawal leaves six nations competing in the championships, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal,  Sri Lanka, Bhutan, and hosts India. The tournament will run from June 16 until June 19, according to the Times of India newspaper.

The Maldives, also a member of the South Asian Federation, was unable to attend due to “financial constraints”, the report added.

Attendance at the SAF championship is said to be mandatory for countries wishing to participate in next month’s Asian Junior TT Championship, the Times of India added. The tournament will be hosted in china from July 11 to July 17.