Afghan Biographies

Aghbar, Muhammad Zahir

Name Aghbar, Muhammad Zahir
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth
Function/Grade Afghan National Olympic Committee President AOC
History and Biodata

1. Former Presidents of NOC AOC ANOC:

Mohammad Anwar Jekdalek, Jigdalek (2005),
LtGen (retd.) Keramuddin Karim (20131028)
National Olympic Committee Chair, Mohammad Fahim Hashimi Fahim Hashimy (20150214)
Acting President Mahmood Hanif (2015, 20171203)
Muhammad Zahir Aghbar Mohammad Zahir Akhbar (20090928, 20110908 -20131028 again 2015, 2016, 20171204)

NOC Vice President:
Sayed Mahamood Zia Dashti (20080429),
NOC secretary-general:
Jan Elim Hasani Jan AlamHussaini (20090928, 20150214),
Spokesman for the National Olympic Committee (NOC):
Mohammad Arif Paiman (20110908)

President Ashraf Ghani has in a decree dissolved the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (NOC) chaired by Mahmoud Hanif to prevent having parallel departments.  Previously there had been two National Olympic Committees. One was chaired by Hanif and the other by Mohammad Zahir Aghbar. (20171204

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Afghanistan National Olympic Committee (A-NOC) Acting President Mahmod Hanif has called upon the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Olympic Council of Asia to recognise his position. In a letter sent to Pere Miró, the IOC’s deputy director general for relations with the Olympic Movement, Hanif claimed the A-NOC is "really surprised" that its General Assembly decision to elect him as acting President - taken in Turkmenistan's capital Ashgabat on the sidelines of the 2015 OCA General Assembly - has so been ignored. 

Archery, basketball, buzkashi, canoeing and rowing and chess back Hanif. But Zahir Aghbar is being backed as A-NOC President by the IOC and OCA. "As General Aghbar's election was with violation of the AFG-NOC statutes and the National Federations’ right to participate in AFG-NOC General Assemblies, the Olympic Movement in Afghanistan got worse when General Aghbar started creating parallel federations for the ones which didn’t support him in his election," he wrote in letter, seen by insidethegames.

"However, with due to respect to the decision taken in Turkmenistan (Sideline of OCA Session 2015) and the consequences of General Aghbar’s election till Rio 2016, the legitimate AFG-NOC General Assembly was called by the members and they elected Mahmod Hanif as the caretaker of the AFG-NOC to do the necessary preparation for a transparent election after Rio 2016."(20170222)

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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 2017-12-04
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