Powerful Sheikh quits top Olympic body amid late drama
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One of the most influential figures in international sport officially stepped down from a powerful Olympic body this week as he fights forgery charges in Switzerland. Sheikh Ahmad Al-fahad Al-sabah had already announced he was “temporarily” stepping aside from his International Olympic Committee (IOC) duties and asked not to be re-elected president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). “I am confident I am innocent. I trust the court of justice in Switzerland
... I know I am innocent. I am sure about that and I will follow through on my trust in the court in Switzerland,” he told delegates. “I will decide to step aside — of my own will — for a while and to come back to you stronger,” added the Kuwaiti powerbroker. But there was last-minute drama at the gathering in Tokyo as several representatives pushed for the Sheikh — the only candidate for ANOC president — to be re-elected anyway. In chaotic scenes, delegate after delegate spoke to defend Sheikh Ahmad, arguing that he had become embroiled in a political affair that had nothing to do with sport and that was being played out in the courts. After an unscheduled last-minute intervention from the Sheikh, delegates finally agreed to postpone the election for president while he sorts out his legal issues.