Maldivian President visits to kick off football tournament

President of the Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and First Lady Fazna Ahmed arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (8) for an official two-day visit.

According to a statement issued by the Maldives President’s Office, the visit of the Head of State and First Lady to Sri Lanka is to officiate the opening ceremony of the “Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy 2021” football tournament.

The Maldives and Sri Lanka will play against each other at the opening match of the tournament participated by national football teams from the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Seychelles.

During his stay, President Solih was scheduled to hold official talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart Gotabaya Rajapaksa as well as Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Maldivian President and First Lady will return to the Maldives today (9).

Meanwhile, the grand finale of the tournament is scheduled to be played on Friday, 19 November at 8 p.m., with the attendance of Prime Minister Rajapaksa, along with FIFA President Gianni Infantino, the Ministry of Sports said.