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IOC lifts ban on Kuwait Olympic participation

Gulf state will now be allowed to raise flag and play anthem after restrictions lifted by organisers

IOC lifts ban on Kuwait Olympic participation
The Olympic body suspended the Gulf state in 2010 amid allegations of political interference (Getty Images).

Kuwait will be allowed to raise its flag and play its national anthem during the London Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted a ban on the Gulf state.

The Olympic body suspended the Gulf state in 2010 amid allegations of political interference and ruled that its athletes could only participate under the Olympic flag with the title “Independent Olympic Athlete”.

IOC lifted the ban following meetings with Kuwaiti officials, the governing body said.

“I can confirm Kuwait's National Olympic Committee (NOC) will be fully represented in London with flags and anthems,” Mark Adams, director of communication for IOC, said.

Kuwait in May proposed a raft of measures aimed at reinstating its athletes in the international sporting event, state news agency KUNA reported.

Olympic authorities in 2010 suspended the oil-rich country after it failed to amend government legislation that permits officials to interfere in the elections of sporting organisations. The suspension meant Kuwaiti athletes were barred from Olympic funding and officials banned from attending the games and meetings.

Ghana was last year cleared to compete in this summer’s event after its government took steps to amend a similarly controversial sports law.

The Olympics in the British capital start on July 21.

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