Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Datuk Seri Panglima Abdul Manap was born in Bagan Serai, Perak on 13th May 1939. Attended the Clifford School of Kuala Kangsar, then moved up to the secondary school at the Anderson High School in Ipoh where he represented the school in soccer, hockey, cricket and rugby. He was a Sergeant in the School Cadet Corp which led to his passion to join the the Army Cadets in the Royal Military College. Lt. Gen. (Rtd.) Datuk Seri Panglima Abdul Manap has served the country during the Malaysian Emergency in 1961. He’s was appointed as the Assistant Manager for the Malaysian Hockey Team during the XII SEA Games, Singapore in 1973, then as the Team Manager in the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games in 1977 which the National Hockey Team wins Gold.

He continued his service in the military until his retirement in May 1994, at the age of 55 as the Deputy Chief of the Army during of which, he was also serving as the Deputy President of the Army Sports Council up to his retirement period. Datuk Seri Manap also has previously held a few key positions in multiple games organizations where hockey has successfully reached its success. Because of these contributions, he was picked as the Sports Director and later promoted to the Chief Operating Officer in the Organizing Committee of the Kuala Lumpur 1998, XVI Commonwealth Games. Under the leadership of Y.Bhg. General (Rtd.) Tan Sri (Dr.) Dato’ Paduka Hashim Ali, this combination had been one of the key component for the success of the game. Prior to that, later on, he was voted as the Vice President of the Malaysian Hockey Federation (MHF)  in 2001/2002.