Five young Maldivian athletes, under the watch of the Chef De Mission will test their mettle in the 6th Children of Asia International Games beginning on July 05 in Yakutsk, Russia. The Chef De Mission of the contingent is Mrs Yazu Kiss from Athletics Association of Maldives. The athletes and the Chef De Mission will depart for Russia tonight on the 3rd of July 2016 at 22:45 hours from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
At the games Maldives will be fielding two female and two male from athletics and one male from chess. Other sports events to be staged in Russia and to be participated in by athletes from around 30 countries are basketball, boxing, volleyball, judo, kurash, table tennis, wrestling, powerlifting, swimming, shooting, sambo, freestyle wrestling, archery, skeet shooting, taekwondo, football, khapsagai, draughts, rhythmic gymnastics, and yakut jumps.
In addition to the athletes and officials taking part at the games, the parliament member Abdulla Rifu will also travel to Russia on the 07th of July 2016 to spectate the Maldivian athletes competing at the games.
The Children of Asia International Sports Games, a quadrennial meet, held its first edition in 1996 in Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The Games were organized through the initiative of the first President of the Sakha Republic Mikhail Nikolayev to commemorate the Centennial of the modern Olympic Games.