Asian Handball Federation

Asian Handball Federation

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
44 Members
Official language
English & Arabic
Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah Kuwait
Secretary General
Muhammad Shafiq Pakistan

The Asian Handball Federation, often referred to by the acronym AHF, is the administrative and controlling body for Asian team handball. It represents the national handball associations of Asia.


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

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

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

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

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

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

AHF Tournaments

Multi-Sport Events
Beach Handball

Current Title Holders


Competitions Current Champion Title
Asian Men's Handball Championship  Qatar (2016) 2nd
Asian Women's Handball Championship  South Korea (2015) 12th
Asian Men's Junior Handball Championship  Qatar (2016) 5th
Asian Women's Junior Handball Championship  South Korea (2015) 13th
Asian Men's Youth Handball Championship  Bahrain (September 2016) 1st
Asian Women's Youth Handball Championship  South Korea (2015) 6th
Asian Club League Handball Championship Saudi Arabia Al-Noor Club (2016) 1st
Asian Women's Club League Handball Championship Kazakhstan Kaysar Club (2016) 1st
Asian Games (Men's Event)  Qatar (2014) 1st
Asian Games (Women's Event)  South Korea (2014) 6th
Asian Youth Games (Boy's Category)  Qatar 1st
Asian Youth Games (Girl's Category)  South Korea 1st

Beach Handball

Competitions Champion Title
Asian Men's Beach Handball Championship  Qatar (2015) 3rd
Asian Women's Beach Handball Championship  Thailand (2015) 2nd
Asian Beach Games (Men's Category)  Qatar (2016) 3rd
Asian Beach Games (Women's Category)  Vietnam (2016) 1st
Asian Men's Youth Beach Handball Championship  Thailand (2016) 1st
Asian Women's Youth Beach Handball Championship  China (2016) 1st

AHF Affiliated Members

  • Afghanistan Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh Bangladesh
  • Bhutan Bhutan
  • Bahrain Bahrain
  • Brunei Brunei
  • Cambodia Cambodia
  • China China
  • Hong Kong Hong Kong China
  • Indonesia Indonesia
  • India India
  • Iran Iran
  • Iraq Iraq

  • Jordan Jordan
  • Japan Japan
  • Kazakhstan Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstan
  • South Korea South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait Kuwait
  • Laos Laos
  • Lebanon Lebanon
  • Macau Macau China
  • Malaysia Malaysia

  • Maldives Maldives
  • Mongolia Mongolia
  • Myanmar Myanmar
  • Nepal Nepal
  • Oman Oman
  • Pakistan Pakistan
  • Philippines Philippines
  • State of Palestine Palestine
  • North Korea North Korea
  • Qatar Qatar
  • Singapore Singapore

  • Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
  • Syria Syria
  • Thailand Thailand
  • Tajikistan Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
  • East Timor East Timor
  • Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei
  • United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam Vietnam
  • Yemen Yemen


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