Afghan Biographies

Hashimi, Mohammad Fahim

Name Hashimi, Mohammad Fahim
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth
Function/Grade Ex Afghan Olympic Committee Official
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
National Olympic Committee Chair (20150214)

3. Biodata Fahim Hashimi:
Mohammad Fahim Hashimy was born 1990 in Afghanistan. He has resigned from his position as head of the Afghanistan Olympic Committee after 17 month in the job only, it has been reported. Hashimy is currently outside the country and has reportedly resigned from his position citing personal issues. He is among the prominent Afghan businessmen and assumed charge of the Afghanistan Olympic Committee earlier 2014. Apart from the Afghanistan Olympic Committee Chief, Hashimy was in charge of the Afghanistan Chess Federation. Hashimy replaced the former Olympic Committee Chief Mohammad Zahir Aghbar who resigned from his position two years ago. Being the founder of the private television network – 1TV, Hashimy was placed among the top ten businessmen by Afghanistan Investment Support Agency.(20150914)

Hashimy, who had previously held the role before resigning in 2015 and now also serves as security advisor for the chief executive officer of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah, gained sufficient support from National Federation representatives present to be elected. Hashimy was quick to declare the vote of his successor as illegal and void on the grounds that those present were not legitimate representatives of the National Federations and that statutory obligations to wait 21 days after a resignation to have an election had not been met.
Hashimy and his supporters within the federations explained how he resigned following a lengthy dispute with what he saw as "illegally elected" Executive Board members, including Aghbar.

The election of Hashimy last year (2014) was hailed by many as a turning-point, with the 35-year-old, one of the nation's most successful businessmen who owns private television network 1TV, declaring how he would create a "world-class" National Olympic Committee.

He introduced several changes to make the organisation independent from the country’s Government, but was faced with a constant stream of opposition and other challenges, and was reportedly forced to personally finance the Afghan team at last September's Asian Games himself due to a lack of funding from other sources.

The situation which has boiled over in the last week is clearly multi-faceted, and some have described it as the most "complex issue in the Olympic Movement today".

But if the election will bring an end to the conflict as the OCA and IOC so hope, much depends on the reaction of Afghanistan Government officials, and early indications are they may support Hashimy rather than Aghbar.

This all comes after a decision was made this week to shift Afghanistan from the South Asia to the Central Asia regional OCA grouping on the grounds that they have more in common with other members of the latter group, which also includes Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and fellow new entrant, Iran.

Last Modified 2018-04-05
Established 2014-05-05