Aishath Ulya Shaiq and Mohamed Aan Hussain have been selected to represent the Maldives in swimming at the Paris 2024 Olympics taking place between 26 July and 11 August 2024.

The Swimming Association of the Maldives announced that the Maldives had received two Universality Places in swimming at the Olympic Games. Universality Places are awarded to nations which are under represented in the Olympic Games and allocated to National Olympic Committees by the Olympic Games Tripartite Commission.

The two selections were based on the highest World Aquatics Swimming Points. World Aquatics sets the rules and criteria for determining swimmers who compete in the Olympics.

The Maldives this year will have the largest contingent in history for the Olympics and will compete in athletics, badminton, swimming, and table tennis.

This will also mark the first time a Maldivian athlete has qualified for the Olympics. Fathimath Dheema Ali, Maldives’ 16-year-old table tennis star, qualified for the games through the competition’s qualifying rounds.

Previously, Maldivian athletes competed by invitation.

In addition to Aishath Ulya Shaiq and Mohamed Aan Hussain representing the Maldives in swimming, and Fathimath Dheema Ali in table tennis, Fathimath Nabaha is set to represent the nation in badminton and Ibadulla Adam, who is training in Jamaica, will compete in athletics.