The founder of the Maldives Olympic Committee Honorable Mohamed Zahir Naseer, NIIV, has passed away in Male’ Maldives yesterday on the 25th of May 2016.
Mr. Zahir Naseer played an immense role in the formation of the Maldives Olympic Committee in 1979, and helmed as the President of the Committee since its enactment to the International Olympic Committee in 1985, till 2008.
During his tenure, he served invaluably developing sporting in the Maldives, taking Maldivian sportsmen and women to compete in International sporting events for the first time in the country’s history.
As president and at an individual capacity, Mr. Naseer gave his maximum to the development and standardization of sporting in Maldives.
His most notable services include, founding of the Naseer Sports Academy, later known as New Sports Academy, serving solely for the development of local sporting and sportsmanship.
Mr. Zahir Naseer is the most respected sportsman in the country, and is regarded as the Father of Modern Sporting in Maldives.
His peers and athletes alike revere him for his dedication and commitment to instilling good discipline in sportsmen and women.
After serving as the President of MOC for almost 30 years, Mr. Zahir Naseer opted not to compete in the MOC elections and left his post in 2008. In 2011, he was awarded Honorary President of Maldives Olympic Committee.
Recognizing his dedication and services to sporting in Maldives, Mr. Zahir Naseer was awarded the National Award of Service in Sports in 1979 and later National Award of Honor in Sporting in 1992.
The Maldives Olympic Committee along with the sporting family of Maldives sends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Mohamed Zahir Naseer and prays for Jannat-al-firdaus on his soul. Amen.