The Olympic Council of Asia is in safe hands with airline pilot Husain Al-Musallam at the controls. Captain Husain has been involved in sport all his life, as a champion swimmer, team manager, administrator and now as Director General of the OCA.
Born on May 19,1960, in Kuwait, he joined the swimming club of Kazma Sports Club in 1968 and became a member of the national team in 1973. His specialist discipline was the breaststroke, and he won many titles at national and Gulf regional levels in the 100 metres, 200 metres and 200-metre individual medley between 1973 and 1977. He competed in all Pan-Arab, Asian and World Championships from 1974 to 1976.
He retired from competition in 1978 and joined Kuwait Airways Corporation as a co-pilot. He was promoted to airline captain in 1988 and has worked as a training and check captain since 1994.
Despite his busy schedule in the air, he has always kept his feet on the ground in the world of sport, and given back so much in terms of organisation, leadership and management.
He joined the Olympic Council of Asia on January 2, 1984, and became Deputy Director General and Technical Director in December 1998. He joined the OCA Executive Board on January 23, 2003, and has served as Director General since September 2005, in charge of the day-to-day affairs of the OCA and coordinating with its 45 affiliated National Olympic Committees.
The former breaststroke champion is still very active in the swimming world as a FINA bureau member since 1996. To acknowledge his contribution to swimming at all levels throughout his life, Captain Husain received the prestigious FINA Gold Pin.