Asian Handball Federation

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Asian Handball Federation
Arabic: الاتحاد الآسيوي لكرة اليد
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Flag of the Asian Handball Federation
Formation26 August 1974; 44 years ago (1974-08-26)
Founded atTehran, Imperial State of Iran Iran
TypeContinental Sports Federation
PurposeDevelopment of Handball & Beach Handball in Asia
HeadquartersKuwait City, Kuwait Kuwait
44 Members
Official language
English & Arabic
Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Kuwait
1st Vice-President
Yoshihide Watanabe Japan
Secretary General
Muhammad Shafiq Pakistan
AffiliationsInternational Handball Federation, Olympic Council of Asia

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.

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 Sabah, the ruling family of Kuwait.


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).


As of February 5, 2008, the AHF imposed a warning and $1,000 fine each to Japan and South Korea, due to the disputes surrounding the rematch of the qualifiers for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing after AHF's controversial decision to replace referees during the original qualifying tournaments which took place in September 2007.

AHF Presidents[edit]

S. No. Name Country Term
1. H. E. Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah  Kuwait 26 August 1974 — 2 August 1990
2. H. E. Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah  Kuwait 2 August 1990 — Till Date

AHF Secretary Generals[edit]

S. No. Name Country Tenure
1. Syad Abul Hassan Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan 26 August 1974 — 2000
2. Dr. Roshan Anand  India 2000 — 25 October 2013
3. Muhammad Shafiq Pakistan Islamic Republic of Pakistan 25 October 2013 — Till Date

AHF Executive Committee[edit]

Following is the AHF Executive Committee for 2017 – 2021.

Designation Name Country
President Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah  Kuwait
1st Vice-President Yoshihide Watanabe  Japan
Secretary General Muhammad Shafiq  Pakistan
Treasurer Bader Mohammad Al-Theyab  Kuwait
Vice-President Ahmed Mohamed Abdulrab Al-Shaabi  Qatar
Executive Director Dr. Ahmad Abu Al-Lail Al-Failakawi  Kuwait

AHF Council[edit]

Following is the Asian Handball Federation Council for 2017 – 2021.

Designation Name Country
President Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah  Kuwait
1st Vice-President Yoshihide Watanabe  Japan
Vice-Presidents Alireza Rahimi  Iran
Ahmed Mohamed Abdulrab Al-Shaabi  Qatar
Abdullah Ashour  Lebanon
Ali Mohamed Isa Eshaqi  Bahrain
Secretary General Muhammad Shafiq  Pakistan
Treasurer Bader Mohammad Al-Theyab  Kuwait
Council Members Ameen Al-Barwani  Oman
Sombat Kuruphan  Thailand
Mohammed Abdul Kareem Julfar  United Arab Emirates
Choi Jung-suck  South Korea
Amarta Imron  Indonesia
Female Council Member Gulnara Turlykhanova  Kazakhstan
Chairman of COC Abdul Karim Al-Raee  Syria
Chairman of PRC Saleh bin Ashour  United Arab Emirates
Chairman of CCM Prof. Dr. Chung Hyung-kyun  South Korea
Chairman of CPP Dr. Sari Hamdan Ghanima  Jordan
Chairman of MC Dr. Shizou Sakamoto  Japan
Chairman of MKC Mohammad Jaber Al-Mulla  Qatar
Chairman of UDC Ismoiljon Matkhalikov  Uzbekistan
Chairman of CYSH Salam Awad Dwaich  Iraq

AHF Commissions[edit]

Commission Chairman Country
AHF Commission of Organising and Competition (COC) Abdul Karim Al-Raee  Syria
AHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission (PRC) Saleh bin Ashour  United Arab Emirates
AHF Commission of Coaching and Methods (CCM) Prof. Dr. Chung Hyung Kyun  South Korea
AHF Medical Commission (MC) Dr. Shizou Sakamoto  Japan
AHF Promotion and Public Relations Commission (CPP) Dr. Sari Hamdan Ghanima  Jordan
AHF Marketing Commission (MKC) Mohammad Jaber Al-Mulla  Qatar
AHF Under Development Countries Commission (UDC) Ismoiljon Matkhalikov  Uzbekistan
AHF Commission of Youth and School Handball (CYSH) Salam Awad Dwaich  Iraq





AHF zones[edit]

South Asia[edit]

West Asia[edit]

East Asia[edit]

Future Events[edit]

Event Venue Dates
2019 Men's Youth World Handball Championship Skopje  North Macedonia 6 – 18 August 2019
2019 IHF Super Globe Dammam  Saudi Arabia 27 – 31 August 2019
Asian Women's Handball Qualification Tournament for Tokyo 2020 Chuzhou  China 24 – 30 September 2019
2019 World Beach Games Doha  Qatar 12 – 16 October 2019
Asian Men's Handball Qualification Tournament for Tokyo 2020 Doha  Qatar 17 – 26 October 2019
2019 Asian Men's Club League Handball Championship  South Korea October 2019
2019 World Women's Handball Championship  Japan 30 November – 15 December 2019
2019 South Asian Games Kathmandu    Nepal 1 – 10 December 2019
2020 Asian Men's Handball Championship Kuwait City  Kuwait 15 – 28 January 2020
2020 Women's Junior World Handball Championship  Romania July/August 2020
2020 Women's Youth World Handball Championship Crozon-Morgat  France July/August 2020
2020 Beach Handball World Championships Pescara  Italy July/August 2020
2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo  Japan 24 July – 9 August 2020
2021 World Men's Handball Championship  Egypt 14 – 31 January 2021
World Games 2021 Birmingham, Alabama  United States 15 – 25 July 2021
2021 Men's Youth World Handball Championship  Greece July/August 2021
2021 Men's Junior World Handball Championship  Hungary July/August 2021
2021 Islamic Solidarity Games Istanbul  Turkey 2021
2021 World Women's Handball Championship  Spain November/December 2021
2022 Asian Games Hangzhou  China 10 – 25 September 2022
2023 World Men's Handball Championship  Poland /  Sweden 2023
2023 World Women's Handball Championship  Denmark /  Norway /  Sweden 2023
2024 Summer Olympics Paris  France 2 – 18 August 2024
2028 Summer Olympics Los Angeles  United States 21 July – 6 August 2028

Current Champions[edit]

Category Men's Women's
Senior Handball Championship  Qatar (2018) (3)  South Korea (2017) (13*)
Asian Games  Qatar (2014) (1)  South Korea (2014) (6*)
Junior Handball Championship  South Korea (2018) (3)  South Korea (2017) (14*)
Asian Youth Games  Qatar (2013) (1*)  South Korea (2013) (1*)
Youth Handball Championship  Bahrain (2016) (1)  South Korea (2017) (7*)
Beach Handball Championship  Qatar (2017) (4*)  Thailand (2017) (3*)
Asian Beach Games  Qatar (2016) (3*)  Vietnam (2016) (1)
Youth Beach Handball Championship  Thailand (2016) (1*)  China (2016) (1*)
Club Handball Championship Bahrain Al-Najma Club (2017) (1) Uzbekistan AGMK Club (2017) (1)

(Titles) (*) Record titles

AHF Members[edit]

First Level Members[edit]

Second Level Members[edit]

Third Level Members[edit]


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