The government has awarded national football team captain Ali Ashfaq a green passport on Thursday (September 11), reports local media, becoming the first sportsman to receive the green passport privilege.
Defence Minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim presented the passport to Ashfaq at a ceremony held at the department of immigration and emigration.
Green passports are used by senior government officials above the rank of director general during official overseas visits.
In May, Ashfaq was also appointed the country’s first sports ambassador by the Maldives Olympic Committee.
The Maldives Olympic Committee has appointed national football team captain Ali Ashfaq as the country’s first sports ambassador.
“This is a great success, an honour. I will work with the government and sports associations to improve and promote the Maldives sports sector. I would like to thank senior members of the olympic committee for this great honour. I am very pleased,” he told local media.
As Maldives sports ambassador, Ashfaq will work to promote sports amongst children and younger generations and aid Maldives sports teams in seeking better recognition in the international arena, say reports.
The letter of appointment was presented to Ali Ashfaq at a special event at Traders Hotel, Malé.
Speaking to Sun Online, Ashfaq thanked the Maldives Olympic Committee and said he was looking forward to working with the different sports associations to improve the Maldives sports sector.