Syed Arif Hasan

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Syed Arif Hasan
President Pakistan Olympic Association
Assumed office
March, 2004
Preceded by Syed Wajid Ali
Personal details
Awards Crescent of Excellence Hilal-e-Imtiaz.png Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military)
Military service
Allegiance  Pakistan
Service/branch  Pakistan Army
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General

X Corps

I Corps

Lieutenant-General Syed Arif Hasan (born 11 Nov 1950 HI(M)) is a retired three-star rank general officer in the Pakistan Army and a Pakistani sports administrator. He is the current president of the Pakistan Olympic Association. He was also elected unopposed as the Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia in 2007. He also served as chairman of organizing committee of 9th SAF Games Islamabad.[1]

Military career[edit]

As a Major General he served as Vice Chief of General Staff. In Oct 2001 he was promoted to rank of Lieutenant-General and appointed commander X corps,[2] Rawalpindi. Later in September 2003 he was appointed commander I Corps, Mangla.

2004 South Asian Games[edit]

While still serving in army Arif Hasan was appointed chairman of organizing committee of 9th SAF Games Islamabad. SAF Games were originally scheduled in Islamabad in October 2001 but were postponed over security fears after 9/11.[3] They were then rescheduled for March 2002 but were again postponed due to border tensions between Pakistan and India. In March 2002 year Pakistan was forced to cancel the event due to the war in Iraq.[4][5]

The Games were finally held in 2004.

Pakistan Olympic Association[edit]

Gen Arif Hassan was elected President of Pakistan Olympic Association in November 2004. He was reelected in 2008 and again in 2012.[6]

Two term limit issue[edit]

Pakistan Sports Board which comes under government of Pakistan in its 2005 sports policy put two term limit on office bearers of sports federations. The policy was reaffirmed by Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2011. Gen Arif Hassan refused accept this decision as it violated the Olympic Charter. In 2012 he was re elected to third term. While government formed a parallel committee.[7] International Olympic committee threatened to ban Pakistan.[8][9] Finally in July 2014 Pakistan Sports board and Government recognized Arif Hasan as president of POA.[10]

Olympic Council of Asia[edit]

Gen Arif Hasan was elected unopposed as the Vice President of the Olympic Council of Asia in 2007.[11][1]

Archery Federation of Pakistan[edit]

In addition to president of Pakistan Olympic Association he is also president of Archery Federation of Pakistan.[12]

Preceded by
Syed Wajid Ali
Presidents of the Pakistan Olympic Association