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Athletics Association SG officiates at Asian Youth Championship

19 March 2019, MVT 13:30
Secretary General Ahmed Munthaqim of Athletics Association of Maldives. PHOTO: MIHAARU FILE PHOTO
19 March 2019, MVT 13:30

Athletics Association of Maldives' Secretary General Ahmed Munthagim officiated multiple events at the 3rd Asian Youth Athletics Championship in Hong Kong.

The championship is the second competition that Munthaqim has officiated since successfully completing the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Level II Officiating Certificate in 2017.

Prior to the Asian Youth Championship, Munthagim officiated at the 2018 Asian Junior Championship in Japan.

The chairman has officiating experience in multiple disciplines such as shot put, javelin, running events and even pole vaulting, an unfamiliar sport in Maldives.

Several people have received an IAAF Level I Officiating Certificate, enabling them to officiate at national level competitions and international competitions held within the country.

However, as the only official to hold an IAAF Level II Certificate, Munthaqim is the only qualified Maldivian to officiate in international competitions held abroad.

Munthagim began his career as a referee in the 1996 Inter-School Athletics Meet in Addu Atoll and is one of the most experienced Maldivian referees.

He was elected to the post of Secretary General in 2008 and is currently serving his third term for the association.

Several Maldivians have officiated at international competitions and around the world, including Mohamed Saeed, the only Maldivian to officiate during the FIFA World Cup in 2002.

Moreover, Ahmed Shihaam was a referee at the Badminton World Championships, while Ali Abdul Kareem was the only Maldivian official at the 2018 Olympics. Furthermore, Rilwan Adam officiated the final at the 2019 Asian Youth Netball Championship, and Ahmed Shahir was appointed match commissioner for the ongoing 2019 FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Other than Munthaqim, several technical officials from Maldives have previously officiated competitions in the South Asian region.

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