First Maldivian ambassador to China on a 50-year ping pong journey

In an interview with The Hub on CGTN, Ahmed Latheef, the first ambassador of the Maldives to China, reminisces about his maiden trip to China. He came in 1973 for the Asian-African-Latin American Table Tennis Friendship Invitational Tournament. While his team was not in the same competing group with China, the experience was invaluable, he says. The Maldives has since built a strong bond through table tennis with China, fostering enduring friendships and exchanges. Today, with the Hangzhou Asian Games approaching, Latheef says Team Maldives is ready and excited to participate in the challenging games of table tennis.

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