Mohamed Ajfan RASHEED
Place of Birth: Male, Maldives
Current Residence: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
International Debut: 2011, Badminton Asia Championships
Professional Since: Since 2006, I am playing all the local tournaments in my country and I started competing internationally last year 2011 with my Olympic Scholarship from Maldives.
National Team Member: 2006
Q & A
When and where you began playing, and why this sport?
"Started in Maldives, my cousins were in national team in my country during their time. I was introduced to this sport by family. I was 8 years old. Since then I have been training with the national juniors and now national senior. Currently, I am the top player in Maldives.This sport is very different than other racket sports, because it's the fastest racket sport and requiring great movement and skills."
Your equipment sponsor and current racket model?
"Yonex, Arc Saber Z-slash"
Your training regime?
"7 days a week, 11 sessions altogether. No off days. Physical sessions are on Thursday and Saturday."
Memorable sporting achievements?
"National Singles Champion (from 2005 to 2011). National Mixed Doubles Champion (from 2009 to 2011). Indian Ocean Island Games 2011, Singles bronze medalist and Men's Team Event bronze medalist for Maldives."
Sporting awards / Honours (so far)?
"National Awards for the medals I achieved at the Indian Ocean Island Games 2011."
"To get into the world's top 50 in Men's Singles - this will be a great achievement for a country like Maldives!"