The AHF Executive Board Meeting – the first meeting of the year – held earlier today on 2 March 2022. As a consequence of the global pandemic situation, the Executive Board meeting was held online.
On behalf of the Asian Hockey Federation, President AHF Dato Fumio ceremonially addressed to initiate and welcomed the Executive board Members.
There was profusion of topics covered in the meeting by Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram, which encompass comprehensive updates on the triumphant delivery of multiple Events by the Asian Hockey Federation, Massive Commercial Exposure, the role of AHF Communication and Media, Online Education efforts, variety of Development & Engagement Projects delivered by the Asian Hockey Federation, an update on potential member national associations, the AHF special projects, Olympic Solidarity, AHF Pitch Projects and the AHF Planning for the year 2022. The below are some essences enlightened in the meeting.
The Chief Executive Dato Tayyab Ikram on behalf of the AHF Executive Board welcomed the following on bearing the new in their respective National Associations and as new members of the Asian Hockey Family.
Dr Marwan Juma al-Juma: President, Oman Hockey Association
Mr Abdullah Sultan Abdullah Al Matrooshi: President, UAE Hockey
Mayjend TNI Budi Sulistijono: President, Indonesia Hockey Federation
D.S.K Pushpakumara: President, Sri Lanka Hockey Federation
Chief of Air Staff of Bangladesh Air Force Air Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, BUP,nswc,fawc,psc: President, Bangladesh Hockey Federation
Successful Delivery of 3 AHF High rated events namely Donghae Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2021, Hero Asian Champions Trophy Dhaka 2021 & Women’s Asia Cup Muscat 2022 in a short time span of 8 weeks was a major achievement of the Asian Hockey Federation. Coming up ahead is the Men’s AHF CUP Jakarta 2022 which is going to start on 11th of March 2022.
COVID posed a big challenge in the way of the events, yet through the sheer will and a lot of dedicated work, the Asian Hockey Federation successfully managed to overcome every challenge and managed to deliver all the events with a huge success.
The AHF Athlete centric approach in delivery of the events remained a major feature. Athletes were provided with a huge focus, opportunity an exposure on internal stage.
The AHF President and Chief Executive exclusively thanked Korea, Bangladesh and Oman for hosting the AHF Events.
The Executive Board was briefed on the successful conclusion of Tokyo Olympics 2020 and Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. The Executive Board praised the successful conclusion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the Beijing Winter Olympic Games 2022.
The International and Asian events’ calendar comprising year 2022 and afterwards was presented to the Executive Board. An update on the Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 was also provided. The overall preparations and the venue readiness was demonstrated to the AHF Executive Board.
A special report on South East Asian (SEA) Games was presented by the Vice-President AHF & SEA Games CEO Dato’ Seri Chaiyapak Siriwat. The Executive Board unanimously appreciated the efforts of the AHF Vice-President Dato’ Seri Chaiyapak Siriwat.
Development, Engagement and Education
AHF Development, Engagement and Education report was presented as a vital part of the meeting.
An extensive Development Report from all the National Associations across Asia was presented to the AHF Executive Board. The contents of the developments report were as follows.
AHF immensely focused the Athlete Welfare, Athlete development, Athlete Rights and Responsibilities reflected through the delivery of various of AHF Athlete Development Projects.
AHF has successfully organized development Activities during this year which include 142 online engagement activities, 18 equipment support projects, 2 pitch projects and youth training camps.
The Yokoyama Hide development projects for Under-Privileged youth in Asia, Gifu Kakamigahara Elementary School Hockey Exchange Project and the Sultan Azlan Shah Award were presented in detail, their significance and role in the development of hockey in Asia was highlighted.
Under the development, despite the ongoing pandemic situation the engagement activities and events organized by national associations, were highly appreciated. There were a number of national-level events organized all over Asia with exclusive features for youth as well. A detailed report on AHF Special Projects was also presented to the Executive Board.
National Associations were given an exclusive appreciation for their massive participation in Olympic Day.
The Olympic Solidarity planning for the national associations was discussed in detail.
AHF Online Education
As a very absolute characteristic, the Executive Board was briefed on the significant progress that the AHF Online Education has made during the year 2021 so far.
The successful delivery of 142 activities during 2021 included the massive engagement opportunities created for the Coaches, Technical Officials and Umpires across Asia. The 11 National Associations were provided with dedicated slots to benefit the AHF Online Education Program on exclusive basis.
AHF Pitch Project
In addition to our projects concluded during 2020, 2 Major Pitch projects were profoundly completed in 2021 containing Bangladesh, Thailand.
The Executive Board appreciated the efforts of Bangladesh and Thailand to develop Hockey regarding recent pitch installations.
As per the AHF vision, the AHF pitch project is a vital element of shaping the future of hockey in Asia.
AHF Communications, Social Media, & Website Update
The executive board was well briefed the progress of AHF Digital Communication model. The significant progress and the establishment of new community achieved during the year 2021 and exclusively during the recently concluded events was an exclusive feature of the Executive Board Briefing.