President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed met with Maldivian athletes, their parents, and delegation members on Sunday to extend their congratulations for the team’s exceptional success at the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023. Maldivian athletes won two gold medals and one bronze medal at the games held in Germany from 17-25 June 2023.

President Solih, in a meeting at the President’s Office, praised the remarkable achievements of the athletes in this renowned international competition. He expressed deep gratitude to all individuals and organisations who played a crucial role in supporting the athletes, particularly Special Olympics Maldives and the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Community Empowerment.

The President highlighted the administration’s commitment to promoting inclusivity and equality, emphasising the establishment of Special Olympics Maldives as a significant step towards providing equal opportunities for individuals with special needs to engage in sports activities. President Solih further assured continued government support in providing state-of-the-art facilities and programs to empower people with special needs in sports.

The Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023, the largest inclusive sports event globally, featured 6,500 athletes from diverse backgrounds competing in 26 sports.