25th May 2016
Mr. Zahir Naseer, a man of few words had a great impact within the carrom circle and gained immense respect not only in Maldives but around the whole world. He was considered the father of carrom in Maldives and was made life-time Honorary President of Maldives Carrom Association. Mr. Naseer was a great personality, a mentor, an example and a father to the Carrom Family, not just in Maldives, but across the globe. It's a huge loss to the Carrom Family.
Carrom Canada salutes Mr. Muhammad Zahir Naseer.
Here are a few Facebook updates from his colleagues.
Maldives. Zahir was a loving and sincere champion of the ICF. As a president of the International Carrom Federation until January 2015, I had great pleasure and trust not only in working with him, but benefiting from his sincere advices and support.
I remember when he hosted the 2nd Congress of the ICF in Male, where the Laws of the International Carrom Federation were adopted. He once invited a national Carrom team from Germany for Indo-German Test Match Series in Male. I went took there six German players and we had very friendly matches. In 2005 after I took over as President of the ICF he invited me for a Bureau meeting of the ICF and also to attend the Asian Championship in Male. With the help of Zahir we were able to demonstrate Carrom at the Olympic Village in Athens in 2004. I had the occasion of meeting Zahir in almost all International Tournaments and Carrom meetings. Last time I saw him during the World Championship in Maldives and then on my way back from Trivandrum I was his guest for one day.
Zahir will always live in our minds, better to say as long the game of Carrom will be shining in the world Zahir will be shining as a brilliant star. There is a lot to learn from the sincerity, dedication, honesty and friendly character of Zahir the shining star of Carrom. Let us prove that we have the ability of learning something from his life and contributions.
May God bless his soul and give him peace and protection and a place in paradise. Ameen.
Former, International Carrom Federation (ICF) President Arif Naqvi (Facebook update)
I am deeply grieved on the information that our respected and esteemed one of the founders of the International Carrom Federation and former Treasurer of the ICF Mr. Zahir Naseer has expired. He was also President of the Asian Carrom Confederation and President of the Carrom Association of Maldives as well as President of the Olympic Committee of
Former, International Carrom Federation (ICF) General Secretary S.K. Sharma (Facebook update)
Mr. Mohamed Zahir Naseer, founder member of International Carrom Federation and Asian Carrom Federation has left for heavenly abode in Maldives today, the 25th May 2016. He was also the founder of the Maldives Olympic Committee.
Mr. Zahir remained Treasurer of the International Carrom Federation continuously for 25 years (1988 to 2014) and we celebrated Silver Jubilee of his working in ICF during Silver Jubilee Celebrations of ICF in 2013 at Gurgaon, India. He was President of the Asian Carrom Confederation since its inception till 2014. I got an opportunity to work with him as Secretary General of ICF for more than 13 years.
Mr. Zahir lovingly called doctor by us, helped us in meeting IOC and OCA officials for getting the game of carrom recognized at Olympic level.
He was most respected sportsman in Maldives and is regarded as the Father of Modern Sporting in Maldives.
Mr. Zahir Naseer was awarded the Maldives National Award of Service in Sports in 1979 and later National Award of Honor in Sporting in 1992. After serving as the President of Maldives Olympic Committee for almost 30 years, he was awarded Honorary President of MOC. Mr. Zahir was honored with the post of Hon. President of ACC in 2014.
The carrom community has lost a big carrom promoter and a sports leader. On behalf of the international carrom community particularly Indian carrom fraternity, I condole the demise of Mr. Mohamed Zahir Naseer and pray his soul rest in peace. Amen
Maldives Olympic Committee
The founder of the Maldives Olympic Committee Honorable Mohamed Zahir Naseer, NIIV, has passed away in Male’ Maldives on Wednesday.
Mr. Zahir Naseer played an immense role in the formation of the Maldives Olympic Committee in 1979, and helmed as the President of the Committee since its enactment to the International Olympic Committee in 1985 until 2008.
During his tenure, he served invaluably developing sporting in the Maldives, taking Maldivian sportsmen and women to compete in International sporting events for the first time in the country’s history.
As president and at an individual capacity, Mr. Naseer gave his maximum to the development and standardization of sporting in Maldives.
His most notable services include, founding of the Nasir Sports Academy, later known as New Sports Academy, serving solely for the development of local sporting and sportsmanship.
Mr. Zahir Naseer is the most respected sportsman in the country, and is regarded as the Father of Modern Sporting in Maldives.
His peers and athletes alike revere him for his dedication and commitment to instilling good discipline in sportsmen and women.
After serving as the President of MOC for almost 30 years, Mr. Zahir Naseer opted not to compete in the MOC elections and left his post in 2008. In 2011, he was awarded Honorary President of MOC.
Recognizing his dedication and services to sporting in Maldives, Mr. Zahir Naseer was awarded the National Award of Service in Sports in 1979 and later National Award of Honor in Sporting in 1992.
The Maldives Olympic Committee along with the sporting family of Maldives sends its deepest condolences to the family of Mr. Mohamed Zahir Naseer and pray for Jannat-al-firdaus on his soul. Amen