‘Kuwait sports reg­u­la­tions don’t con­tra­dict with Olympic char­ter’

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

RABAT: Chair­man of Kuwait’s Olympic Com­mit­tee Sheikh Fa­had Jaber Al-Ali AlSabah has anew af­firmed that the State of Kuwait’s sports reg­u­la­tory laws ab­so­lutely do not con­tra­dict with the in­ter­na­tional Olympic Char­ter.

Kuwaiti sports unions and clubs han­dle their af­fairs in­de­pen­dently, said Sheikh Fa­had in a press state­ment. He also re­newed the de­nial of charges made by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee about State in­ter­ven­tion in Kuwait in the sports af­fairs.

Sheikh Fa­had, tak­ing part in the an­nual con­fer­ence of the Arab sports union’s chiefs, said the Kuwaiti Olympic Com­mit­tee “will spare no ef­fort to sus­pend and nul­lify” the de­ci­sion by the in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee, bar­ring Kuwaiti teams and cham­pi­ons from tak­ing part in in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments un­der Kuwait Flag.

The chief of the Kuwaiti com­mit­tee, who took part in in­au­gu­rat­ing the con­fer­ence on Sun­day, urged the par­tic­i­pants in the meet­ing to sup­port the Kuwaiti ef­forts aimed at lift­ing the in­ter­na­tional ban. He also called on them to al­low the Kuwaiti teams take part in Arab tour­na­ments on grounds that the Arab sports unions are not sub­ject to the in­ter­na­tional com­mit­tee’s ju­ris­dic­tions. He had noted that the Kuwaiti teams and ath­letes could com­pete with other Arab teams and cham­pi­ons, un­der um­brella of the Arab Sports Fed­er­a­tion (ASF).

Ear­lier, Sheikh Fa­had held talks on the is­sue with ASF General Sec­re­tary Saud Bin-Ali Bin Alab­dul-Aziz, Chair­man of the Arab Boxing Fed­er­a­tion Yousef Al-Kathem and Chair­man of the Arab and African triathlon fed­er­a­tions, Ah­mad Nasser. The Kuwait Olympic Com­mit­tee af­firms that the Kuwaiti Govern­ment is the prime sup­porter of the na­tional sports fed­er­a­tions and clubs; with money, in­stal­la­tions, ad­min­is­tra­tive and tech­ni­cal fa­cil­i­ties. How­ever, the Govern­ment does not med­dle in their or­ga­ni­za­tional and elec­toral af­fairs. —KUNA

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