The Republic of Maldives has concluded plans to honour the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare, in recognition of his contribution to the development of sports in Nigeria and the African region.
In a statement, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment, Republic of Maldives, Ahmed Mahloof, stated that the ‘Special Recognition Award’ is being conferred on Dare, not only for his contribution to the development of sports in Nigeria but to the African region as a whole.
“In recognition of the work, you have carried out for the development of sports in your country and African region. We will be conferring the ‘Special Recognition Award’ on your Excellency,” he said
The conferment ceremony which will be held in the Republic of Maldives on the 16th of March, will be attended by the Maldivian president, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, world renowned athletes as well as Maldivian athletes, among others.
It will be recalled that in recognition of his stellar performances since assumption of office as Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr Dare has bagged various awards including the Award of Excellence in Public Service, an award given by President Muhammadu Buhari, the National Telegraph Most Innovative Minister Award, the Blueprint Sports Icon of the Year Award, Youth Award in the United States of America, African Illustrious Minister of the Year Award, among others.
It will be noted that Dare has initiated a lot of programmes like the Adopt initiative as well as produced the National Sports Industry Policy, the 10-year Football Development Masterplan, among others.