Haveeru Sports Award 2011/12 considered the most prestigious sports award given to sportsmen in the country was held last night. A total of 23 awards were given out in Football, Basketball and Volleyball this year.
Ibrahim ‘Oppo’ Fazeel received this year’s Golden boot award along with a cash prize of Rf. 20,000 at the ceremony. Fazeel scored 29 goals last season and received the award by a narrow margin of just one goal competing with the talented footballer Ali ‘Dhagandey’ Ashfag. Mohamed Fareed was named the best referee of the year while the best coach award was given to VB coach Can Vanli.
Ashfag received this year’s best footballer award with Rf. 30,000 cash and Ibrahim ‘Oppo’ Fazeel took 2nd place while Mohamed ‘Bakaa’ Arif took 3rd place, both winning Rf. 15,000 cash alongside the trophies. Asadhullah Abdullah was named the best footballer in the under 21 category.
A lucky draw winner among the public SMS voting poll received Rf. 10,000 cash.
Cash prizes from the ceremony include Rf. 25,000 for the best male volleyball player and Rf. 15,000 to the best female player, Rf. 20,000 to the best male basket ball player and Rf. 15,000 for the best female player, while 2nd and 3rd place from each sport was awarded trophies. Best players from under 21 categories from each sport were also awarded trophies.
Ismail Vildhaan Yoosuff won the under 21 best male basket ball player award whilst Ruleyha ‘Rizy’ Ibrahim won the under 21 female award. Mohamed Zilaal won the best male basket ball player of the year award whilst Aminath Shiura won the female award.
Ahmed Anil Naseer won the under 21 best male volley ball player award whilst Hawwa Rasheeda took the under 21 best female volley ball player award. Ishan ‘Batis’ Mohamed won the best male volley ball player of the year award, Ahmed Abdul ‘longey’ Kareem 2nd, Ismail ‘Kuda kaattey’ Sajid 3rd place respectively. Suhana Ahmed won the female best volley ball player of the year award, Aishath Nazima 2nd, Aqila Hamid 3rd place respectively.
Haveeru also proudly presented its lifetime achievement award to Ibrahim Ismail, president of the Olympic committee, for his contributions as a sportsman and also years of dedicated service to developing sports in Maldives. The award was presented by the chairman of Haveeru, Dr. Zahir Hussain.
A special award was also presented to Mohamed Shaheeb, deputy president of the broadcasting commission, in special recognition for his work in making the haveeru sports award a success during his tenure at Haveeru.
Haveeru Editor Moosa Latheef addressed the audience last night, in his speech he thanked and appreciated the outstanding work done by many individuals who had worked at ‘Haveeru’ in its 33 year history.
He also thanked the partners of Haveeru Sports award for their contributions in making the event a success and shared his delight in Haveeru continuously appreciating sportsmanship for the 18th successive year.
Music items by ‘Harubee’ boduberu group who performed with Unoosha provided the entertainment for the event which was telecast live on MNBC channel one.