The previously uninhabited island of Dhuvaafaru in the Maldives, developed by International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to settle the people from the island of Raa atoll Kandolhudhoo which was completely destroyed during the 2004 tsunami, has had its first island-wide sporting activity with a week-long cricket camp organized by the Cricket Board of Maldives (CBM).

Dhuvafaaru is 115 miles north of Malé and has been under development since April 2006 at a cost of US$35 million. The camp is part of a CBM cricket development plan aimed at expanding cricket to all parts of the country as well as recruiting new players to the game. 100 primary-school students took part in the camp run by CBM coaches. “We thought it a great place to start, a new community and new sport for the Maldives,” said CBM President Ahmed Hassan Didi, “To bring new players into the game from all over the Maldives is an important part of our development plans.”

Related: Maldives Country Profile

Filed July 20th, 2009