Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

Biographical information

Full nameFahad•Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
Used nameSheikh Fahad•Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Original nameفهد•لأحمد الجابرالصباح
Born10 August 1945 in ? (KUW)
Died2 August 1990 in Madinat al-Kuwait (Kuwait City), Al-Asimah (KUW)
NOC Kuwait


Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah was the ninth and youngest son of Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait from 1921-1950. After undertaking his basic schooling in Kuwait, Fahad became an officer candidate with the Kuwaiti Army in 1963 and was sent to England the following year to attend the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He remained with the military until 1973, retiring with the rank of captain, and then embarked on a career of sports administration. Among his many appointments were tenures as the President of the Kuwait Olympic Committee (1974-1985, 1989-1990), the Kuwait Football Association (1978-1986, 1987-1990), the Kuwait Basketball Federation (1974-1977), and the Olympic Council of Asia (1982-1990). He became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1981 and remained in this position until the August 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, when he was shot and killed during the Battle of Dasman Palace. His death defending the palace was seen as heroic by the Kuwaitis and numerous sporting tournaments and venues are named in his honour. His son Ahmed became a member of the IOC in 1991, a distinction which he continues to hold as of 2022.

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President Kuwait Olympic Committee 1974—1986 KUW Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
Member International Olympic Committee 1981—1990 KUW Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
President Olympic Council of Asia 1982—1990 KUW Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah
President Kuwait Olympic Committee 1989—1990 KUW Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah

Olympic family relations

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