Asian Handball Federation

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Asian Handball Federation
AHF (logo).png
Logo of Asian Handball Federation
Abbreviation AHF
Formation 26 August 1974
Founded at Tehran, Iran
Type Sports Federation
Purpose Development of Handball in Asia
Headquarters Kuwait City, Kuwait
Membership
44 Members
Official language
English & Arabic
President
Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Kuwait
Secretary General
Mr. Muhammad Shafiq Pakistan
Website asianhandball.org

The Asian Handball Federation (AHF) 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, Kazakhstan, Russia 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 administrative regions of China), are also members of the AHF.

One of IHF's five continental confederations, the AHF was formed officially on 26 August 1974 in Tehran, Iran, on the sidelines of the 7th Asian Games. The headquarters is located in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The current president is Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait.

History[edit]

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).

Disputes[edit]

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 Term
1. Mr. Syad Abul Hassan  Pakistan 1976 -
2. Dr. Roshan Anand  India 2013
3. Mr. Muhammad Shafiq  Pakistan 25th October 2013 - Till Date

AHF Executive Committee[edit]

Following is the AHF Executive Committee.

Designation Name Country
President Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah  Kuwait
1st Vice President Mr. Yoshihide Watanabe  Japan
Secretary General Mr. Muhammad Shafiq  Pakistan
Treasurer Mr. Bader Mohammad Al-Theyab  Kuwait
Executive Member Dr. Sari Hamdan  Jordan
Executive Director Dr. Ahmed Abu Al-Lail  Kuwait

AHF Council[edit]

Following is the Asian Handball Federation Council.

Designation Name Country
President Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah  Kuwait
1st Vice-President Mr. Yoshihide Watanabe  Japan
Vice Presidents Mr. Abdullah Ashour  Lebanon
Mr. Meng Wei  China
Mr. Ahmad Al-Shaabi  Qatar
Mr. Abdul Rehman Al-Halafi  Saudi Arabia
Secretary General Mr. Muhammad Shafiq  Pakistan
Executive Director Mr. Ahmed Abu Al-Lail  Kuwait
Treasurer Mr. Bader Mohammed Al-Theyab  Kuwait
Council Members Mrs. Gulnara Turlykhanova  Kazakhstan
Mr. Jin Soo-Kim  South Korea
Mr. Sami Saeed Al-Nuaimi  United Arab Emirates
Mr. Amin Al-Barwany  Oman
Mr. Sombat Kuruphan  Thailand
Mr. Ali Mohamed Isa Eshaqi  Bahrain

AHF Commissions[edit]

Commission Chairman Country
AHF Commission of Organizing and Competition Colonel Abdul Karim Raee  Syria
AHF Under Development Countries Commission Mr. Ahmad Abdul Rab Al-Shuaibi  Qatar
AHF Playing Rules and Referees Commission Mr. Dawud Tawakoli  Iran
AHF Commission of Youth & School Handball Mr. Jalal Kozehgari  Iran
AHF Medical Commission Dr. Shizou Sakamoto  Japan
AHF Promotion & Public Relations Commission Dr. Sari Hamdan  Jordan
AHF Commission of Coaching and Methods Dr. Chung Hyung Kyun  South Korea
AHF Marketing Commission Mr. Muhammad Jaber Al-Mulla  Qatar

Tournaments[edit]

AHF[edit]

Club[edit]

Beach[edit]

South Asia[edit]

West Asia[edit]

East Asia[edit]

Future Events[edit]

Event Status Venue Dates
2017 IHF U-17 Beach Handball World Championship International  Mauritius 11 - 16 July 2017
2017 Asian Women's Junior Handball Championship Continental  Hong Kong 15 - 23 July 2017
2017 Men's Junior World Handball Championship International  Algeria 18 - 30 July 2017
2017 World Games International/Multi-sport Wrocław  Poland 20 - 30 July 2017
2017 Men's Youth World Handball Championship International  Georgia 8 - 20 August 2017
2017 Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship Continental  Indonesia 20 - 28 August 2017
2017 IHF Super Globe International Doha  Qatar 25 - 28 August 2017
2017 Asian Women's Club League Handball Championship Continental TBA 2017
2017 IHF Inter-Continental Trophy International TBA 2017
2017 Asian Men's Club League Handball Championship Continental TBA 2017
2017 World Women's Handball Championship International  Germany 1 - 17 December 2017
2018 Women's Junior World Handball Championship International  Hungary July/August 2018
2018 Women's Youth World Handball Championship International  Poland July/August 2018
2018 Asian Games Continental/Multi-sport Jakarta / Palembang  Indonesia 18 August - 2 September 2018
2018 Summer Youth Olympics International/Multi-sport Buenos Aires  Argentina 6 - 18 October 2018
2019 World Men's Handball Championship International  Denmark /  Germany January 2019
2019 Men's Junior World Handball Championship International  Spain July/August 2019
2019 Men's Youth World Handball Championship International  Macedonia July/August 2019
2019 South Asian Games Regional/Multi-sport Kathmandu    Nepal 2019
2019 World Women's Handball Championship International  Japan 2019
2020 Summer Olympics International/Multi-sport Tokyo  Japan 24 July - 9 August 2020
2021 World Men's Handball Championship International  Egypt 2021
2021 World Women's Handball Championship International  Spain 2021
2023 World Men's Handball Championship International  Poland /  Sweden 2023
2023 World Women's Handball Championship International  Denmark /  Norway /  Sweden 2023

Current Title Holders[edit]

AHF Asian Championships[edit]

Competition Current Champion Most Successful Team Next host
Asian Men's Handball Championship  Qatar (2016)  South Korea TBD
Asian Women's Handball Championship  South Korea (2017)  South Korea TBD
Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship  Qatar (2016)  Kuwait TBD
Asian Women's Junior Handball Championship  South Korea (2015)  South Korea  Hong Kong (2017)
Asian Men's Youth Handball Championship  Bahrain (2016)  Qatar TBD
Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship  South Korea (2015)  South Korea  Indonesia (2017)

AHF Asian Club Championships[edit]

Competition Current Champion Most Successful Team Next host
Asian Club League Handball Championship Saudi Arabia Al-Noor Handball Club (2016) Qatar Al-Sadd Handball Club TBA
Asian Women's Club League Handball Championship Kazakhstan Kaysar Club (2016) Kazakhstan Kaysar Club TBA

Multi-Sports Events[edit]

Competition Current Champion Most Successful Team Next host
Asian Games (Men's Event)  Qatar (2014)  South Korea  Indonesia (2018)
Asian Games (Women's Event)  South Korea (2014)  South Korea  Indonesia (2018)
Asian Youth Games (Boy's Category)  Qatar (2013)  Qatar  Indonesia (2021)
Asian Youth Games (Girl's Category)  South Korea (2013)  South Korea  Indonesia (2021)

Beach Handball[edit]

Competition Current Champion Most Successful Team Next host
Asian Men's Beach Handball Championship  Qatar (2015)  Qatar TBA
Asian Beach Games (Men's Category)  Qatar (2016)  Qatar  India (2020)
Asian Women's Beach Handball Championship  Thailand (2015)  Thailand TBA
Asian Beach Games (Women's Category)  Vietnam (2016)  China  India (2020)
Asian Men's Youth Beach Handball Championship  Thailand (2016)  Thailand TBD
Asian Women's Youth Beach Handball Championship  China (2016)  China TBD

AHF Affiliated Members[edit]

Sponsors[edit]

External links[edit]