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A record breaking 4,403 athletes to contend in the Tokyo Paralympic Games

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A record 4,403 athletes will participate in the Tokyo Paralympic Games to kick off on Tuesday night, International Paralympic Committee spokesman Craig Spence said.

“I can tell you we’re breaking a record at these Games,” Spence told a press conference. “We’re going to have 4,403 athletes competing here over the next 12 days. That is a record, the greatest number of athletes ever to compete at a Paralympic Games.”

The previous record tallied up to 4,328 which was set at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“To achieve that, bearing in mind how hard it has been for many National Paralympic Committees to get athletes to competitions in the last 20 months is a remarkable achievement,” he added.

“There are 2,550 male athletes and 1,853 female athletes. We have record participation of female athletes. So with 1853 female athletes, we beat the previous record of 1671 women that competed at Rio 2016.”

Japan has the biggest delegations, 254 athletes across 23 disciplines. “It’s their biggest ever delegation at a Paralympic Games, and nearly double of what they had at Rio 2016 when they had 132 athletes,” Spence said.

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Rasfannu beach area closed due to Oil spill. Opening date unconfirmed.

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Due to the oil spill that happened near Rasfannu, the beach area and sea area have been closed until further.

Male’ city council informed that due to an oil tanker that washed ashore near Rasfannu bursting and contaminating the ocean and beach area, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has advised closing of the beach as it may have harmful effects on the locals who visit. Until the area is completely clean, it will be closed off to the public.

EPA director general Ibrahim Naeem stated that the oil that’s washing up at Rasfannu beach is oil that’s stuck between the rocks and the barrier. He stated that the reasoning for the oil leak is unclear.

Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) stated that lifeguards are diving and cleaning the oil spill as well as Police forces are working on cleaning the area.

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In the first 8 months of this year, 51-million-rufiyaa worth of Zakat Al-Mal.

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In just the first 8 months of 2021, 51 million rufiyaa has been received by Zakat Al-Mal.

According to statistics released by Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) in august 2021, there has been an increase of 17.8 million rufiyaa in Zakat Al-Mal in comparison to the first 8 months of 2021. From January-August 2020, MIRA had noted receiving 33.3 million rufiyaa in Zakat.

In 2021, from January-August 2021, in just 8 months MIRA had received 55 million rufiyaa and 18119 American dollars. In 2020 MIRA had received 11.4 million rufiyaa and 4264 American dollars as Zakat Al-Mal.

Zakat Al-Mal is when a person’s wealth reaches the minimum amount, they must pay a set amount as a religious obligation.  This can be paid any time of the year.

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Bank of Maldives has renewed their sponsorship given to Maldives National Football Team.

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Bank of Maldives (BML) has renewed their official sponsorship agreement given to Maldives national football teams.

BML has informed that just as before, the agreement will state that BML is the exclusive sponsor for National Senior men’s football team, National Senior women’s football team, and the National Youth football team.

BML’s CEO and managing director Tim Soya shared his joy in renewing the partnership during a time where the love of football and the excitement for the sports is increasing. Tim further stated that BML gives utmost importance to be a part of the successes that the national football teams gain in international competitions and wants to spread the skill of playing football to generations of Maldivians. Tim stated that he has high hopes that Maldives will win in the upcoming SAFF Championship.

Football Association of Maldives’s (FAM) president Bassam stated that he is very proud that BML has extended the agreement and renewed it. Since 2017, BML has been the official sponsor of Maldivian national football teams.  And they will remain to be the official exclusive sponsor in the upcoming SAFF championship 2021 as well.

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