Maldives Olympic Committee secretary general Thamooh Ahmed Saeed, left, welcomed a delegation from WADA ©MOC

Maldives Olympic Committee (MOC) secretary general Thamooh Ahmed Saeed has emphasised the importance of anti-doping education for its athletes and their parents after a visit from World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials.

WADA's Asia and Oceania office manager Kenny Lee Kyu Hwan and programme development manager of National and Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (RADO) relations Cui Ying travelled to Malé for the South Asian RADO member country representative meeting.

South Asian RADO manager Hussain Mohamed joined Lee and Cui on their visit to the MOC.

Saeed expressed his gratitude for the visit of WADA officials, and underlined the necessity for WADA-approved education for the Maldives' athletes and officials participating at multi-sport events.

He added that anti-doping education was especially important for athletes and their parents.

WADA representatives said they would help to provide assistance in the field of education through the South Asian RADO, and both parties discussed the role of National Federations in communicating with their athletes and officials.

The Maldives has competed at every Summer Olympic Games since Seoul 1988, but has yet to win a medal.

It is also without a medal at the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games.

The country returned to the latter event at Birmingham 2022, having missed Gold Coast 2018 because it withdrew from the Commonwealth of Nations in 2016.

It was re-admitted in February 2020 and had its Commonwealth Games Federation membership restored later that year.