KSSC make state­ments over Dai­hani’s re­tire­ment

Kuwait Times - - Sports - By Ab­del­latif Sharaa

KUWAIT: Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment by Kuwait’s Olympic hero Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani to re­tire, he made state­ments dur­ing me­dia in­ter­views as to why he de­cided to re­tire, and this prompted the Kuwait Shoot­ing Sport Club to make a state­ment to an­swer his claims.

The state­ment said:

Kuwait Shoot­ing Sport Club (KSSC) re­ceived sev­eral queries about state­ments by the re­tired Olympian Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani dur­ing an in­ter­view with a TV Chan­nel, as he spoke about sev­eral top­ics in re­gards to state depts., as well as Kuwait Shoot­ing Fed­er­a­tion and Club. So, the club wants to ex­plain facts to Kuwait peo­ple and the sports com­mu­nity.

• KSSC is proud of its shoot­ers and the Olympic and in­ter­na­tional achieve­ments were not to be made with the help of Al­lah, then the gen­er­ous sup­port of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah and the gov­ern­ment of Kuwait. The best hon­or­ing of KSSC and its mem­bers is the re­cep­tion of HH the Amir, HH the Crown Prince of KSSC Board of Di­rec­tors and win­ners af­ter each achieve­ment they make in the name of the State of Kuwait.

• Kuwait Shoot­ing worked as a sports in­sti­tu­tion since the shoot­ing club was es­tab­lished in 1994 under the Chair­man­ship of Sheikh Sal­man Sabah Al-Salem Al-Hu­moud Al-Sabah, mem­ber of the board and those who came af­ter them, worked as a team that seeks sports achieve­ment for Kuwait, and Kuwait shoot­ing, with the ef­forts of all, was able to reach sports supremacy at the World and Olympic level, most no­tably four Olympic medals in ad­di­tion to hun­dreds of world and con­ti­nen­tal lev­els. We con­firm the club will con­tinue to work as an in­sti­tu­tion with ef­forts of all work­ers in it to con­tinue such achieve­ments in the name of the State of Kuwait.

• KSSC, while pre­par­ing for the Olympics, pre­pares a plan over four years with the gov­ern­ment sup­port through Pub­lic Au­thor­ity for Sports that in­cludes sup­ply­ing shoot­ers with all they need, be it the best weapons in the world, as each piece costs at least KD 3,000, shoot­ing equip­ment, free sports time for ath­letes, em­ploy­ing the best world coaches, hold­ing train­ing camps, par­tic­i­pat­ing in in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onship to qual­ify for the Olympics, and KSSC was able to qual­ify a num­ber of shoot­ers for each Olympics, the lat­est of which Rio de Jane­rio 2016 when shoot­ers Ab­dal­lah Al-Rashidi and Saud Habib qual­i­fied for the Skeet, Khalid Al-Mud­haf and Ab­del­rah­man Al-Faihan qual­i­fied for the trap, and Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani and Ah­mad Al-Afasi qual­i­fied for the Dou­ble trap.

• Kuwait Shoot­ing was sub­jected to an un­just sus­pen­sion fol­low­ing re­peated com­plaints by sev­eral Kuwaiti Fed­er­a­tions to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee, but Kuwait Shoot­ing de­fended it­self, and was able to lift the sus­pen­sion through the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS), and Kuwait Shoot­ing is now prac­tic­ing its ac­tiv­i­ties under Kuwait’s flag and par­tic­i­pates in in­ter­na­tional events that are held under the um­brella of ISSF, and not as be­ing said that ac­tiv­i­ties were re­sumed only. As for par­tic­i­pa­tion under the um­brella of Kuwait Olympic Com­mit­tee, it is now that KOC is sus­pended.

• It is not true that shoot­ers are suf­fer­ing from lack of ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, train­ing and equip­ment, as all shoot­ers who par­tic­i­pate abroad are pro­vided with all their needs ac­cord­ing to state reg­u­la­tions, and the sup­port of PAS, even when al­lowances were KD 45, KSSC used to pro­vide shoot­ers with the care they need in­clud­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion, trans­port, food and in ad­di­tion to all needs shoot­ers want.

• When a shooter de­cides to re­tire for per­sonal rea­sons, to be hon­ored by PAS, we wish him all suc­cess, but we do not ac­cept any in­sult, or false in­for­ma­tion, we also do not com­pare our­selves with other coun­tries, as Kuwait is ahead of all coun­tries in pro­vid­ing to­tal sup­port to ath­letes, es­pe­cially in shoot­ing, and the Olympic and In­ter­na­tional achieve­ments are the ev­i­dence.

• Kuwait Shoot­ing Sport Club be­lieves in the free­dom of opin­ion, but does not ac­cept mak­ing false or self­ish state­ments and de­nial of with­out our beloved coun­try Kuwait presents in the form of gen­er­ous sup­port and all peo­ple know that there is not an ath­lete or shooter who rep­re­sents Kuwait, the state did not care for and pro­vide him with all means to make his achieve­ments, and in this con­cept we present some of what was pre­sented to the re­tired Olympic Shooter Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani.

•Fol­low­ing the Olympic Achieve­ment in Syd­ney 2000 Olympics:

HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ah­mad AlJaber Al-Sabah, hon­ored him by ex­emp­tion in pri­vate res­i­dence, and gave him a land in an ex­cel­lent lo­ca­tion, in ad­di­tion to the clubs fi­nan­cial recog­ni­tion. HH the Crown Prince and HH the Prime Min­is­ter hon­ored him morally and ma­te­ri­ally. The club hon­ored him with KD 10,000.

• Fol­low­ing the Olympic achieve­ment by Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani in Lon­don Olympic 2012:

HH the Amir dec­o­rated him with Kuwait Medal of first de­gree, pro­moted him to the rank of Colonel in Kuwait Army in ad­di­tion to the fi­nan­cial re­ward.

He was also re­warded by HH the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber AlSabah, while HH the Prime Min­is­ter re­warded him fi­nan­cially and morally by buy­ing arms with spe­cial spec­i­fi­ca­tions at a value of no less than KD 10,000. KSSC re­warded him with KD 30,000.

• Fol­low­ing the Olympic achieve­ment by Shooter Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics:

HH the Amir gave him a KD 100,000 re­ward in ad­di­tion to an in­dus­trial piece of land.

He was fi­nan­cially re­warded by HH the Crown Prince and HH the Prime Min­is­ter. KSSC re­warded him with KD 30,000. Shooter Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani was given KD 10,000 to par­tic­i­pate in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The club bought “9” shot­guns of spe­cial spec­i­fi­ca­tions for shooter Fuhaid Al-Dai­hani. PAS re­warded the shooter with nearly KD 80,000 be­tween the years 2009 - 2015.

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