On Wednesday, the Executive Board of the Asian Hockey Federation met in Dubai, UAE for one of the two annual board meetings.
The leadership of the AHF was welcomed by HE Ibrahim Malik, Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports UAE, and the UAE Hockey Federation.
The meeting was the formally opened by AHF President HRH Prince Abdullah Shah who expressed his gratitude to the UAE Hockey Committee for hosting the meeting and his satisfaction with the good progress made since the previous meeting, particularly highlighting the outstanding efforts in the areas of development and education and the progress made in the areas of events, communications and marketing.
The AHF President also called attention to the good work being done by Hockey India who hosted a successful World League Final, claiming bronze, and another fabulous edition of Hockey India League, and the efforts of the Singapore Hockey Federation who have been very active and successful with projects in a number of areas and recently hosted a magnificent World League Round 1 event for men and women.
Congratulations were expressed to China and Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore and Kazakhstan for their teams successfully qualifying for World League Round 2.
A good exchange of presentations and fruitful discussions followed. AHF CEO Tayyab Ikram reported on the various activities and achievements of the past six months, with special reference to the big range of education and development projects, the extensive efforts in the area of International Relations and the development of the AHF office.
The progress made in the event allocation and delivery process was highlighted, and the Board Members were informed of the status of the visual identity and website re-launch projects. Both projects received strong approval from the Board and are expected to be presented in the coming weeks. The Board was also satisfied with the good audience growth and engagement across the AHF social media channels.
Finally, the CEO’s presentation referred to plans for the construction of a UAE Hockey Center. The AHF has been providing ideas and advice to the UAE HF to develop the sport and create permanent facilities. The AHF assured the UAE Minister of Youth and Sport and the representatives of the UAE HF in attendance of its fullest support to realize such projects.
The Finance Report was well received and approved, and reports from various committees, including the Competitions and Umpiring Committees were equally well received.
The Executive Board Members also had the opportunity to hear from a number of invited guests. Hockey India CEO Elena Norman delivered a presentation about the successful latest edition of Hockey India League which included a number of learning points and insights. Representatives from the National Associations of Thailand, Iran and Qatar and the Raja Ashman Academy also provided the Board with information on their activities and achievements.
The meeting ended with the AHF President thanking all present for their attendance and contribution.
The next AHF Executive Board meeting will be held in November or December 2016.
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