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Kuwait facing new Olympics suspension

International Olympics Committee to vote next month over 'interference' from gov't

Kuwait facing new Olympics suspension

Kuwait is facing a new suspension by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over interference from government authorities in the Olympic movement.

A proposal to re-apply a suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee will be presented to the IOC Executive Board at a meeting in Lausanne next month.

If applied it would mean Kuwaiti athletes are barred from Olympic funding and officials banned from attending the games and meetings.

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 was lifted in July based on guarantees to pass new sports legislation that would put an end to governmental interference in the Olympic Movement in Kuwait.

At London 2012, Kuwait won one bronze medal, putting it tied 79th in the final medal table. Kuwaiti shooter Fehaid Al-Deehani won the medal in the Men’s Trap Shooting competition.

"The deadline to implement the promises was set for November 22, but the IOC regrets to note that the commitments have not been fulfilled," the IOC said in a statement.

"The suspension of the National Olympic Committee would serve as a protective measure by the IOC to preserve the autonomy of the NOC and the Olympic Movement in Kuwait," it added.

It said that relevant authorities in Kuwait would "bear all responsibility for this regrettable situation, which is dramatically affecting the country’s sporting family".

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