VAM appoints former pres to lead once again

Mohamed Latheef was appointed as the next President of VAM without facing competition -- Sun File Photo/ Fayaz Moosa

Volleyball Association of Maldives (VAM) has appointed Mohamed Latheef, as its new president.

Latheef, who was the association's president in 2016, was appointed to the position without an election. He was appointed at the association's extarordinary congress held on Tuesday evening at Solite Restaurants.

He came to fill in the shoes of outogoing Mohamed Ranesh after his term expired on February 2024.

Since Latheef was the only one to submit his name for the position, the former Central Asian Volleyball Association (CAVA) President was appointed without any competition.

Besides the president, the extraordinary congress saw the election of four other Vice Presidents to the executive committee of VAM, with Mohamed Sajid securing Senior Vice President's position.

Ali Latheef was elected as Vice President, Volleyball, and Izzath Waheed was elected as Vice President, Administration. Aaidha Abdul Hakeem was elected for the female-designate Vice President's seat.

 Additionally, four more members were elected for VAM's executive committee that include Fathuhulla Waheed, Shiyam Ali, Sofwan Ahmed and Aishath Fatheena.

Although Latheef was first elected as VAM's President in 2016, he lost the position after the then Sports Commissioner Heena Ahmed Saleem announced the disolution of the association's executive committee in 2019 following an investigation.

Previously, VAM's election to elect executive committee members was scheduled for March 15th, but the current Sports Commissioner Mohamed Tholal demanded for a delay.

The association received permission to go ahead with the election under conditions.