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Kuwait Olympic Committee back in the Olympic fold

Date : 06 Jul 2019

Lausanne, Switzerland, July 6, 2019: Kuwait is back in the Olympic fold after a lapse of nearly four years.

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee on Friday fully lifted the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee as a result of the successful implementation of a roadmap agreed between all parties. The decision was made by a postal vote.

This follows the successful election of a new President and a youthful and dynamic Board of Directors of the Kuwait Olympic Committee on June 30, the final and third step on the roadmap.

H.E. Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah was elected as President with Mohammed Jaffar elected Vice-President. Husain Al-Musallam was elected as the KOC Secretary General. Al-Musallam has been Director General of the Olympic Council of Asia since 2005.

The first step of the roadmap, taken in January, 2019, was the revision and adoption of new statutes for the sports clubs, followed by elections. The second step, completed early last month was the revision and adoption of new statues for the National Sports Federations, followed by elections.

According to a statement issued by the IOC, the Kuwait Olympic Committee was suspended by the IOC Executive Board on October 27, 2017, to protect the Olympic Movement in Kuwait from undue government interference, after a sports law that was not compatible with the basic principles that govern the Olympic Movement was passed in the country.

On August 16, 2018, the IOC Executive Board decided to provisionally lift the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee, acknowledging the progress made, which included the revision of the sports law and an agreement to establish a process for elections of all sports organisations in Kuwait.

Following this decision, which enabled athletes to compete in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang and the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires under their country’s flag, a roadmap was established under the auspices of a Supervisory Committee, appointed by IOC President Thomas Bach.

Friday’s decision follows the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee to fully lift the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee with immediate effect.

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