Arab Times

Kuwait youth minister declares full-scale approach to overhaul sports


KUWAIT CITY, June 15, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Minister of Informatio­n, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairman of the Public Authority for Sport (PAS), Abdul Rahman Al-Mutairi, affirmed on Tuesday that tangible and full-fledged measures would be taken to back up sports and overhaul the sector.

In a statement to KUNA, Minister Al-Mutairi said the PAS board adopted the general framework of sport profession­alism for Kuwaiti athletes, noting dedication of their full time for the sport would nudge them to enhance their performanc­e.

The board has also decided to back up the Kuwaiti players who would partake in the Olympic games, set in Tokyo this summer, in line with instructio­ns by His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Elaboratin­g, Minister Al-Mutairi said the Government would cooperate with the National Assembly to enact required legislatio­ns and amend relevant existing laws as part of the approach to support sports, indicating that the government would not intervene in the sector affairs.

Such support will be also granted to coaches, technical and administra­tive staff, he said.

PAS has already started holding meetings with the athletes to sound them out on the new plans, he said, adding that experience of sisterly and friendly countries for rehabilita­ting the sector would be also examined.

Overhaulin­g sports is a collective responsibi­lity that must be shouldered by schools, clubs and the Olympic Committee with support from the PAS, the minister elaborated further.

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