Maldives readmits to the Commonwealth Games

Maldive's contingent at 2019's South Asian Games (SAG) Photo from Maldives Olympic Committee

Male’, Maldives — The approval to rejoin the Commonwealth Games has been given to the Maldives.

On Friday, the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced that Maldives has been given the approval to readmit to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

A written confirmation of the approval was received from the President of CGF Dame Louise Martin, marking “a very happy day for Maldivian sporting,” the president revealed it to the public.

“Our thanks to all member countries who supported our readmission”, President Solih tweeted via his official Twitter account.

The Commonwealth Games that is participated by approximately 4,000 athletes is held once every four years. It marks as one of the biggest sporting events held in the world as 53 members take part in the 261 events held in  Commonwealth Games.

Maldives has been a regular participant of the Commonwealth Games since 1986 until on 2016, when the country had to leave the intergovernmental organisation. This was because of the tenure of the jailed former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Although the Maldives’ Olympic Committee was training athletes at that time for the coming 2018 Commonwealth Games, which was held in Australia’s Gold Coast. However, the decisions taken by the former administration of Maldives had decided to cancel the participation of Maldivian athletes that year.

Maldives last participated in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 when it was held at Glasgow, Scotland. Several athletes from Maldives had participated in various events such as athletics, badminton, shooting, swimming and table tennis.

The next game Maldives will be taking part will be the 2022 Commonwealth Games, which is scheduled to be held in Birmingham, England.