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Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (10 August 1945 – 2 August 1990) (Arabic: الشيخ فهد الأحمد الجابر الصباح‎) was a member of the House of Sabah and a Kuwaiti military officer who was also the founder of the Asian Handball Federation and Kuwait Olympic Committee.[1] Fahad died fighting alongside the Kuwait Emiri Guard in defending Dasman Palace.

Sheikh

Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
فهد الأحمد الجابر الصباح
1st Asian Handball Federation
In office
26 August 1974 – 2 August 1990
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded bySheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
1st President of the Olympic Council of Asia
In office
16 November 1982 – 2 August 1990
Preceded byPosition created
Succeeded byRoy de Silva (acting)
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah
Personal details
Born(1945-08-10)10 August 1945
Kuwait
Died2 August 1990(1990-08-02) (aged 44)
Kuwait
RelationsSheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (father)
Children
Awards
  • Military Service Medal, Bronze (Kuwait)
  • Medal of Military Duty, First Class (Kuwait)
  • Order of Military Courage, First Class (Egypt)
Military service
Allegiance Kuwait
Branch/service Kuwait Army
RankCommanding Officer
UnitKuwait 25th Commando Brigade
Kuwait Emiri Guard Brigade
Battles/wars

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Early lifeEdit

Fahad was the son of Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and was educated in Kuwait for his primary and secondary schooling.

Military careerEdit

Fahad was commissioned in the Kuwait Armed Forces on April 22, 1963 as an Aspirant. He pursued further military training in a military institution in the United Kingdom on July 30, 1964. Fahad was subsequently promoted to Second lieutenant on July 19, 1965 and First lieutenant on March 1, 1967. On June 7, 1970 he was promoted to the rank of Captain.

Military commandsEdit

Six-Day War, 1967Edit

In June 1967 the Kuwait Armed Forces were engaged outside the borders of Kuwait for the first time, during the Six-Day War between Israel and four Arab countries (Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Jordan). Fahad took part in the Six-Day War attached to the Yarmouk Brigade of the Kuwait Army; as acting commander by delegation of the 2nd Commando Battalion, on the Egyptian front.

Olympic and Sports administration careerEdit

Kuwait SportsEdit

  • President, Kuwait Olympic Committee 1974–1985 and re-elected in 1989.[1]
  • President, Qadsia Sports Club, 1969–1979.
  • President, Kuwait Basketball Federation, 1974–1978

Arab SportsEdit

  • First Vice President, Arab Sports Union 1976–1990.
  • First Vice- President, Arab Basketball Federation 1974–1976.

Asian SportsEdit

International SportsEdit

1982 World Cup incidentEdit

During the match against France at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, France scored a goal while some of the Kuwaiti players had stopped, having heard a whistle. The goal was initially awarded by the referee, who had not blown, but was cancelled after Fahad stepped onto the field and ordered the referee to reverse his decision. A few months before his death, Fahad invited Michel Platini (at the time the French football team's captain) to apologize for his unethical behavior eight years before.[citation needed]

Dasman PalaceEdit

In August 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait.[2][3] While Kuwait was being overrun, the Emir of Kuwait was exiled from the country. Various Military Forces units were engaged in different battle sectors; Fahad died fighting alongside the Kuwait Emiri Guard commanders in the Battle of Dasman Palace during the Iraqi invasion.

Personal lifeEdit

Fahad was married and was the father of five sons and one daughter. One of his sons is Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah, who is president of the Olympic Council of Asia, as well as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

Honours and awardsEdit

Kuwait National HonoursEdit

  • Military Service Medal, Bronze
  • Medal of Military Duty, First Class

Arab and non-Arab HonoursEdit

  • Order of military courage of Egypt, First Class
  • Order of Republic of Tunisia
  • Order of Republic of Yemen, First Class
  • Honorary Doctorate from Helwan University, Egypt
  • Olympic Gold Medal from the General Secretariat of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf
  • Appreciation Decoration on behalf of UNESCO
  • Honorary Doctorate in Law from University of Seoul, South Korea
  • Honorary citizenship of Japan

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Brief Resume of the late Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah". Archived from the original on October 8, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
  2. ^ "On This Day: 2 August; 1990: Iraq invades Kuwait". bbc.co.uk. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 March 2015.
  3. ^ The Crimes of Saddam Hussein by Dave Johns