Afghan Biographies

Hanif, Mahmood

Name Hanif, Mahmood
Ethnic backgr. Tajik
Date of birth
Function/Grade Ex AOC Official
History and Biodata

2. Previous Functions:
Afghan Chess Federation Official? (20140809)
Acting President Olympic Movement in Afghanistan National Staff, Afghan Olympic Committee AOC (20161003, 20170222)
3. Biodata:
Mahmud Hanif Mohmod Hanif Mahmoud Hanif. President Ashraf Ghani has ordered the National Olympic Committee to dissolve all parallel bodies and elect its head. In a statement from the Presidential Palace, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai ordered the constitution of a team to conduct the election under the supervision of the International Olympic Committee.(20171027) The committee has been led by two presidents for the past two years, each claiming to be the body's head. But the acting chairman, Mahmood Hanif who is recognised by the government, has declared him as the committee's elected chief. Ghani issued the order to resolve the issue of parallel bodies within the Olympic Committee and fill the administrative vacuum.

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)


Row over Afghanistan Olympic Committee President continues. Mahmood Hanif claimes to be the President. So 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.(20170222)


Last Modified 2017-12-04
Established 2017-02-22