AJFAN RASHEED Mohamed < Back  
Sport Badminton
CGA Maldives   
Gender Men
Born 15 Feb 1990 in Malé, MDV
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Kuala Lumpur, MAS
Languages Dhivehi, English, Hindi
Higher education Hospitality Management, Tourism - Maldives National University: Maldives
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age six, and began competing in 2006.
Why this sport? He became interested in the sport after watching his cousins play at a family outing.
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2011
Competing for Maldives
General Interest
Most influential person in career His mother. (Athlete, 26 Jul 2014)
Hero / Idol Danish badminton player Peter Gade, Chinese badminton player Lin Dan. (Badminton Association of Maldives Facebook page, 14 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Never stop dreaming." (bwfbadminton.org, 15 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours He was Maldives' flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (nyc.mv, 20 Sep 2012)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Maldivian badminton player to compete at the Olympic Games when he participated at the 2012 Games in London. He lost in straight sets in the opening round of the singles event to German player Marc Zwiebler. "I had never played a European player before, but I still cherished the moment. It has been my dream since I was very small to be an Olympian." (reuters.com, 29 Jul 2012; Athlete, 26 Jul 2014; SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jul 2018)