Govt seeks tem­po­rary waiver of sports ban

PAS mak­ing ‘se­ri­ous and re­lent­less ef­forts’

Kuwait Times - - FRONT PAGE -

KUWAIT: The gov­ern­ment yesterday called on FIFA and the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee to tem­po­rar­ily lift a 14-month sports ban while it amends a con­tro­ver­sial law. The Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Sports (PAS) urged foot­ball’s gov­ern­ing body and the IOC to “lift the ban on Kuwaiti sports ac­tiv­i­ties tem­po­rar­ily un­til rel­e­vant lo­cal laws are re­vised”. World sports bod­ies led by FIFA and the IOC sus­pended Kuwait in Oc­to­ber last year for the sec­ond time since 2010 over al­leged gov­ern­ment med­dling in sports.

The sus­pen­sion was due to leg­is­la­tion over re­cent years that al­lowed the gov­ern­ment to in­ter­fere in lo­cal sports fed­er­a­tions and un­der­mine their in­de­pen­dence. In a state­ment yesterday pub­lished by the of­fi­cial KUNA news agency, Kuwait’s sports au­thor­ity said it was mak­ing “se­ri­ous and re­lent­less ef­forts” to have the ban lifted. It said the Na­tional Assem­bly would set up a panel on Tues­day next week to draft amend­ments to the rel­e­vant laws. Kuwait is hop­ing to com­pete in the qual­i­fiers for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, it said. —AFP

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