Since its formation in 1982, the Olympic Council of Asia has had two Presidents. Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah was the first president, from 1982 to 1990, and was succeeded in 1991 by Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad AL-SABAH- (1991) Kuwait

Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Sabah born in 1963 attended the Kuwait Military Academy and studied at Kuwait University where he received a bachelors degree in political science in 1985. This was the beginning of his educational road as since then he has received honorary doctorates in political science, international relations, and sports sciences from renowned institutions including Dong-A University in Bussan, South Korea, Taipei University in Chinese Taipei, and the American Academy.

From 1985 to 1990, he was an officer in the Kuwaiti Army, it was not until 1992 when he began his journey in the field of politics at the Public Authority for Youth and Sports, and he started as Deputy Chairman and later became Chairman. In 2000, he chaired the Board of Directors of the organization and was granted the rank of cabinet minister.

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad has also served as Kuwaiti Minister of Information, chaired the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, been appointed as Acting Minister of Energy, named Minister of Energy and the Chairman of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation and has become the Chairman of OPEC. He has been awarded numerous medals and decorations by the United States Army, Turkey, the Republic of Kazhakistan, as well as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sports Medal.

Sheikh Ahmad Fahad Al-Ahmad is well reputed for his interest in sports, just like his father. He has undertaken numerous significant sporting positions globally and has been the President of the Olympic Council of Asia since 1991 a member of the IOC since 1992, was the president of the Kuwait Olympic committee, chairman of the Afro Asian Games council, vice president of the international handball federation, president of the Kuwait football association and Asian handball federation, senior vice president of the Islamic solidarity sports federation, honorary president of several Kuwaiti, Arab and Asian clubs and is also a valued member of international relations and Olympic solidarity commission of the IOC. While actively pursuing these roles he has also successfully headed the Kuwaiti Contingents, who have participated in various games globally since 1990.

Sheikh Ahmad was elected President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) at the 18th ANOC General Assembly in Moscow, Russia, in April 2012.

He also became Chairman of the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity Commission, overseeing the distribution of broadcasting revenues from the Olympic Games to the world’s NOCs. This sum for the Olympic Solidarity Quadrennial Plan 2017-2020 amounted to USD 509 million for the 206 NOCs.

Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmad AL-SABAH- (1982-1990) Kuwait

His Highness, the late Sheikh Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah born in 1945 and died in 1990 was globally respected and the founder of the Kuwait Olympic Committee. His elder brother was the Emir of Kuwait. He was educated in Kuwait for his primary and secondary schooling and later trained and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. His military career began when he joined the Military of Bahrain as an assistant officer in 1963, accepted a scholarship to join the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurt in 1964, was promoted in 1965, 1967 and 1970 to second lieutenant, first lieutenant and Captain respectively and was also an acting commander of the second battalion of the special forces, a first lieutenant of the Amiri Guard and was among the Kuwaiti Contingent that joined the Egyptian forces. Unfortunately he was killed during the Gulf War, whilst protecting the gates of the Emir's Palace.

Sheikh Fahad Al- Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah was commended on his outstanding sporting contributions. Not only was he the President of the Olympic Council of Asia and a member of the IOC he was also president of the Kuwait Olympic Committee, Kuwait football association, Al-Qadisiya, Kuwait Basketball federation, Asian Games Federation, and Asian Handball federation; vice president of the International Handball federation and association of National Olympic Committee; first vice president of the Arab Sports union and Arab basketball federation but also a member of the Olympic movement commission, Olympic solidarity, Olympic games coordination commission and the executive board of the IOC.

He led the Kuwaiti Sporting Delegations and organising committees through various global championships and today many championships still honour and use his name including the Arabic Basketball Championship, the Arabic Handball Championship, the Arabic Fencing Championship, the Arabic Gymnastic Championship, the Arabic Table-Tennis Championship and the London Karate International Championship.