Asian Handball Federation

The Asian Handball Federation (AHF) (Arabic: الاتحاد الآسيوي لكرة اليد) is the governing body of handball and beach handball in Asia. It has 44 member countries, mostly located on the Asian continent, but excludes the transcontinental countries with territory in both Europe and Asia – Azerbaijan, Georgia, Russian Federation and Turkey – which are instead members of European Handball Federation (EHF). Three other states located along the western fringe of Asia – Cyprus, Armenia and Israel – are also EHF members. Hong Kong China and Macau, although not independent countries (both are Special regions of China), are also members of the AHF.

Asian Handball Federation
Arabic: الاتحاد الآسيوي لكرة اليد

AHF
AHF (logo).png
SportHandball
Other Sports
Official websitewww.asianhandball.org
History
Year of formation26 August 1974; 47 years ago (1974-08-26)
at Tehran, Imperial State of Iran Iran
Demographics
Membership size44 Members
Affiliations
International federationInternational Handball Federation (IHF)
IHF member since1974
Other affiliation(s)
Governance
PresidentKuwait Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
1st Vice-President
  • Japan Yoshihide Watanabe
Secretariat
Address
  • South Surrah, Al-Salam Area, Block 7, Street No. 705, Villa 508
Country Kuwait
Secretary GeneralPakistan Muhammad Shafiq
Official Language(s)English (Official)
Arabic (Also used for correspondences)
Number of staff8
Finance
SponsorsAl Kass Sports Channels
SK Group
Gerflor
Molten Corporation
Regions

One of IHF's six continental confederations, the AHF was formed officially on 26 August 1974 in Tehran (Imperial State of Iran), on the sidelines of the 7th Asian Games 1974. The AHF headquarters is located in Kuwait City (Kuwait). Its current President is Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah from Kuwait who is a member of House of Al Sabah, the ruling family of Kuwait.

HistoryEdit

The Asian Handball Federation (AHF) is in one way absolutely unique: during its history till date it had two Presidents - and they were father and son.

When in 1976 the federation was officially founded and Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was elected for president, the committed Sheikh had already put a lot of efforts and preparation work into it. In 1974, during the 7th Asian Games in Tehran (Iran), he applied as head of the Kuwaiti delegation at the executive committee for the inclusion of Handball into the sports programme and the foundation of a continental handball federation. The explanation was easy and convincing: meanwhile handball was widely spread in Asia. The leaders of the Asian Game accepted handball as an official sport and asked the Sheikh to act as interim president and to prepare the statutes of the federation. In this task he was supported by the Secretary General Syad Abul Hassan (Pakistan).[1]

PresidentsEdit

S. No. Name Tenure
1.   Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah 26 August 1974 – 2 August 1990
  Mohammed Ali Abul (Interim President) 2 August 1990 – 1991
2.   Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah 1991 – present

Secretary generalsEdit

S. No. Name Tenure
1.   Syad Abul Hassan 26 August 1974 – 2000
2.   Dr. Roshan Lal Anand 2000 – 25 October 2013
3.   Muhammad Shafiq 25 October 2013 – Till Date

Executive committeeEdit

Following is the AHF Executive Committee for 2017 – 2021.

Designation Name
President   Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
1st Vice-President   Yoshihide Watanabe
Secretary General   Muhammad Shafiq
Treasurer   Bader Mohammad Al-Theyab
Member   Ahmed Mohamed Abdulrab Al-Shaabi

CouncilEdit

Following is the AHF Council for the term 2017 – 2021.

Designation Name
President   Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah
1st Vice-President   Yoshihide Watanabe
Vice-President   Alireza Rahimi
  Ahmad Mohammed Al-Shaabi
  Abdullah Ashour
  Ali Mohamed Isa Eshaqi
Secretary General   Muhammad Shafiq
Treasurer   Bader Mohammad Al-Theyab
Council Member   Ameen Al-Barwani
  Sombat Kuruphan
  Mohammed Julfar
  Choi Jung-suck
  Amarta Imron
Female Council Member   Gulnara Turlykhanova
Chairman of AHF Commission of Organizing and Competition (COC)   Abdul Karim Al-Raee
Chairman of AHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission (PRC)   Saleh bin Ashour
Chairman of AHF Commission of Coaching and Methods (CCM)   Prof. Dr. Chung Hyung Kyun
Chairman of AHF Medical Commission (MC)   Shizou Sakamoto
Chairman of AHF Promotion and Public Relations Commission (CPP)   Dr. Sari Hamdan Ghanima
Chairman of AHF Marketing Commission (MKC)   Mohammad Jaber Al-Mulla
Chairman of AHF Under Development Countries Commission (UDC)   Ismoiljon Matkhalikov
Chairman of AHF Commission of Youth and School Handball (CYSH)   Salam Awad Dwaich

CommissionsEdit

Commission Chairman Members
AHF Commission of Organizing and Competition (COC)   Abdul Karim Al-Raee
COC Members
AHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission (PRC)   Saleh bin Ashour
PRC Members
  •   Khalaf Al-Enezi
  •   Zuhir Samha
  •   Dr. Zain Al-Abedin Bani Hani
  •   Wu Ruiting
  •   Minoru Nakada
  •   Dr. Chatchai Sangsukeelux
AHF Commission of Coaching and Methods (CCM)   Prof. Dr. Chung Hyung Kyun
CCM Members
  •   Alireza Habibi
  •   Amjad Karwani
  •   Dr. Nabeel Taha Al-Shehab
  •   Dr. Taiysir Mansi
  •   Dhafer Sahib Mohammed
AHF Medical Commission (MC)   Shizou Sakamoto
MC Members
  •   Dr. Mohammad Saeid Rajaei
  •   Dr. Hussein Al-Haddad
AHF Promotion and Public Relations Commission (CPP)   Dr. Sari Hamdan Ghanima
CPP Members
  •   Helmi Cheaib
  •   Husain Al-Asfoor
  •   Othman Al-Qasmi
  •   Ameen Al-Muddaeai
  •   Ms. Mitra Nouri
  •   Matar Al-Zarraa
  •   Kareem Abdullah Al-Rammahi
AHF Marketing Commission (MKC)   Mohammad Jaber Al-Mulla
MKC Members
AHF Under Development Countries Commission (UDC)   Ismoiljon Matkhalikov
UDC Members
  •   Hamza Saleh Hamza
  •   Jamal Abuyousef
  •   Ms. Nour Obeidat
  •   Tej Bahadur Gurung
  •   Francis Gihan Dalpethado
  •   Ms. Mavjuda Matkhalikova
  •   Kim Kwang-su
AHF Commission of Youth and School Handball (CYSH)   Salam Awad Dwaich
CYSH Members
  •   Moosa Al-Bulushi
  •   Ms. Joanna Franquelli
  •   Ms. Samha Salem Al-Ajmi
  •   Ms. Abeer Ali Al-Zadjali
  •   Mustafa Masyhur
  •   Ms. Yang Li
  •  
AHF Arbitration Commission (AC)
NA
AC Members
  •   Dr. Abdulla Musfir Al-Hayyan
  •   Ms. Roya Rahimi
AHF Experts Commission (EC)
NA
EC Members
AHF Women's Commission (WC)
NA
WC Members
  •   Mrs. Gulnara Turlykhanova
  •   Ms. Nguyễn Thị Như Quỳnh
  •   Ms. Valentina Degtyareva
  •   Ms. Mona Khalil Kamal
  •   Ms. Dalal Mohammad
AHF Beach Handball Working Group (BHWG)
NA
BHWG Members
  •   Ismail Salem Mohammad
  •   Fadhil Ahmed Baqer
  •   Muhammad Imran
  •   Dr. Mutasem Ahmad Khatatbeh
  •   Ms. Long Peili
  •   Ms. Sirintra Poburipanich

TournamentsEdit

AHFEdit

ClubEdit

BeachEdit

ZonesEdit

West Asia

South Asia

Southeast Asia

East Asia

Current championsEdit

Category Men's Women's
Senior Handball Championship   Qatar (2020) (4)   South Korea (2018) (14*)
Asian Games   Qatar (2018) (2)   South Korea (2018) (7*)
Junior Handball Championship   South Korea (2018) (3)   South Korea (2019) (15*)
Asian Youth Games   Qatar (2013) (1*)   South Korea (2013) (1*)
Youth Handball Championship   Bahrain (2018) (2)   South Korea (2019) (8*)
Beach Handball Championship   Qatar (2019) (5*)   China (2019) (1)
Asian Beach Games   Qatar (2016) (3*)   Vietnam (2016) (1)
Youth Beach Handball Championship   Thailand (2016) (1*)   China (2016) (1*)
Club Handball Championship   Al-Arabi SC (2019) (1)   Kaysar Club (2019) (2*)

(Titles) (*) Record titles

DisputesEdit

A dispute arises between the International Handball Federation (IHF) and the AHF following a controversial decision to replace referees of opening match of Asian Men's Handball Qualification Tournament for the 2008 Summer Olympics between Kuwait and South Korea played on 1 September 2007 in Toyota (Japan). AHF replaced experienced and IHF nominated German referees Lemme and Ulrich with Jordanian referees Al-Shoubaki and Hirzallah, neither of whom stood on the list of IHF-qualified referees having “IHF Status”, meaning that they had not completed the Global Referees Training Programme (GRTP), a program established by the IHF for the development of IHF-level referees. The Jordanian referee pair completely destroyed the South Korean team with more than 20 wrong decisions only in first half of the match which favoured the Kuwaiti team. IHF COC Chairman Aleksandr Kozhukhov (Russia) who was appointed by IHF as supervisor for the event and member of AHF Technical Committee Khalaf Al-Enezi (Kuwait) intervened into the matter at half-time of the match and asked the referees to be fair but the South Korean team nevertheless could not get the result in their own favour losing the match by 28–20.

Later, on 17 December 2007, in an IHF Council meeting held in Paris (France), IHF decided not to approve the results of the event conduct by AHF and decided to replay both men's and women's events due to biased referee allegations. AHF objected against this decision and warned all the AHF member federations not to participate in the replay organised by IHF. Only South Korea and Japan participated in the IHF replay and South Korea won both men's and women's matches. On February 5, 2008, AHF imposed a fine of $1000 on both the Japan and South Korea and banned them from participating in any event organised by AHF until the fine is paid.[2]

When the matter becomes that complicated, both AHF and IHF mutually decided to took the case to Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for decision. The Kazakhstan Handball Federation and Kuwait Handball Association also want to become a party in the case but CAS refused their appeal. On 20 May 2008, after hearing all the parties, CAS decided to approve the result of IHF men's replay and also approved the AHF organised women's event results.[3]

Future events (2021-22)Edit

Event Dates Venue
2020 Asian Beach Games New dates to be announced   Sanya
2021 Asian Women's Handball Championship 15 – 25 September 2021   Amman
2021 Asian Youth Games 20 – 28 November 2021   Shantou
2021 Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship 20 – 29 November 2021   Almaty
2021 Southeast Asian Games 21 November – 2 December 2021   Hanoi
2021 World Women's Handball Championship 2 – 19 December 2021   Spain
2022 Asian Men's Handball Championship 18 – 31 January 2022   Dammam
2022 Asian Women's Junior Handball Championship 12 – 21 February 2022   Tashkent
2022 World Games 7 – 17 July 2022   Birmingham
2022 Women's Junior World Handball Championship 22 June – 3 July 2022   Slovenia
2022 Women's Youth World Handball Championship 3 – 14 August 2022   Georgia
2022 Islamic Solidarity Games 9 – 18 August 2022   Konya
2020 Asian Youth Beach Handball Championship August/September 2022 To be decided
2022 Asian Games 10 – 25 September 2022   Hangzhou
2021 Youth Beach Handball World Championship 2022 To be decided

MembersEdit

First level
Second level
Third level
  • ✝ means non-active member

SponsorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "History of AHF". Asian Handball Federation's Official Website. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Referee Questions for Handball and Badminton". www.aroundtherings.com. Retrieved 2 August 2008.
  3. ^ "Original decision of CAS" (PDF). www.tas-cas.org. Retrieved 10 March 2020.

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