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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad View Post
    ...pretty soon and hopefully in the near future, they'll occupy all of the hangar space for badminton.....Btw, you did tell them about BC, didn't you??..
    *thanks for sharing the pics, too..
    Yes, the General Secretary of the Badminton Association of the Maldives (another BAM) is a BC member.

    He is also a wonderful player - an ex-national who played in the international circuit in the late 1990s

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    All England Open 2003 winner Muhamed Hafiz Hashim of Malaysia with Ali Naseer Abdulla, General Secretary of the Badminton Association of the Maldives (BAM).

    This picture was taken at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games (when, Ali says, they were changing shirts)
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    The Maldivian National Badminton Squad with President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (and other officials) after winning the Team Silver at the Indian Ocean Island Games 1993.

    Among those standing at the back, the first seven men in blue jackets are from the badminton team - (from left) Hassan Riyaz, Francis Chia (Malaysian Coach), Ali Naseer Abdulla, Mohamed Sharath, Abdulla Shakeeb, Ali Amir (Manager & the new President of BAM) and Moosa Nashid (Captain)

    (The three remaining men in blue are from the national windsurfing team.)
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    If you are planning a visit to the Maldives and will be packing a racquet, here's who to look for:

    Ali Naseer Abdulla
    General Secretary
    Badminton Association of Maldives
    1st Floor, Male' Sports Complex
    Maafaiy Thakurufaanu Magu
    Male', The Maldives

    Tel +960 331 4057
    Fax +960 331 7896

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    I use to go to Sun Island, Maldives almost every year in the end of November. They have very nice gym for badminton there. If you come alone you can always find someone else to play with since there are almost 500 guests on the island. There is also option to hire local partner. The island is 1 km long and 300 m wide but still has all the facilities for various sports. Exellent place for vacations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhope View Post
    I use to go to Sun Island, Maldives almost every year in the end of November. They have very nice gym for badminton there. If you come alone you can always find someone else to play with since there are almost 500 guests on the island. There is also option to hire local partner. The island is 1 km long and 300 m wide but still has all the facilities for various sports. Exellent place for vacations.
    If you're referring to the Sun Island Resort, that's nearly 7km long.
    Also, the guest list can go up to around 1,000 people.
    You can rent a bicycle - the resort has several hundred of them - and it's about USD 3 for a day.

    The resort has a full-fledged gym, a wide jogging/cycling path and separate facilities for badminton, tennis, table-tennis, basketball, wind-surfing, diving, snorkelling and beach volleyball.

    There are two badminton courts... with wood flooring and rather poor lighting. A couple of dilapidated racquets and very brittle shuttles are also available.

    During my stays there, I put up notices inviting people to join me for a game.
    The only response was from a few Japanese tourists... and their skill level was abysmal, to say the least

    The Paradise Island Resort has a great badminton court.
    And a few of the staff, if time permits, can play a mean game

    Anyway, the best badminton in the Maldives is in Male', the capital.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhand View Post
    If you're referring to the Sun Island Resort, that's nearly 7km long.
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    I am sure you are wrong. Here http://www.sun-island.com/ you can find a map of the island.
    As for its length - look here http://www.holidaywatchdog.com/13594...ay-Review.html

    It says 1.6 km long. In fact it is a bit shorter then that. Been there 5 times
    I was always lucky to find partners there exept for one visit in May when I had to hire local chap as a partner. He was not excellent but still was pretty good to me. I am sure one can have better choise of partners in Male but Male is not as nice as Sun Island for other things

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    From the links you posted, it's clear we are referring to the same resort.
    (I also recognise the resort's layout map, which is issued to every guest.)

    To the best of my knowledge, this is one of the largest island resorts.
    The parent atoll itself - Ari - is one of the longer ones in the Maldives.

    Let me see if I can get clearer (and more accurate) information

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    You are correct. It is one of the biggest resort islands. Yet is it only 1.5 km long. Others are even smaller, sometime a lot smaller. A friend of mine who likes swimming use to swim around it as part of his every day routine.
    We use to stay on the nothern tip of the island (room 101). Gym is indeed not well illuminated and there is no adequite ventilation either. Still nice to have two good quality badminton courts. That is one of several reasons I keep faithful to this particular 5 star resort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhope View Post
    You are correct. It is one of the biggest resort islands. Yet is it only 1.5 km long. Others are even smaller, sometime a lot smaller. A friend of mine who likes swimming use to swim around it as part of his every day routine.
    We use to stay on the nothern tip of the island (room 101). Gym is indeed not well illuminated and there is no adequite ventilation either. Still nice to have two good quality badminton courts. That is one of several reasons I keep faithful to this particular 5 star resort.
    You should try Paradise Island - it has a very nice court.
    A few of the resident staff on Paradise Island can play quite well.

    As this resort is quite close to Male' (the capital island), you could even go over in the evening and catch a few hard games at the Indoor Stadium

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    if visiting Maldives don't forget to goto Ari Atoll, which is the largest atoll in Maldives. got nice resorts and specially south Ari Atoll area is great for a dive

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