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Kuwait gov't says "pleased" with measures to lift sports ban

A proposed law calls for temporary lifting of country’s suspension from global sports events

Kuwait gov't says "pleased" with measures to lift sports ban

The Kuwaiti government said on Monday it was pleased with recent measures it had taken to lift the ban imposed on its participation in international sports competitions by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Steps taken by Kuwait’s National Assembly and Public Authority for Sport (PAS) include the introduction of a new law being examined by parliament, which urges for a temporary lift of the suspension, according to state news agency KUNA.

The IOC and football governing body FIFA suspended Kuwait from international sports in 2015, accusing the Kuwaiti government of interference in its National Olympic Committee.

The cabinet said during its weekly session on Monday efforts by the assembly and PAS were expected to restore Kuwait’s national sports activities and end the international ban.

The law is reportedly compatible with the Olympic Charter and does not contradict Kuwait’s state constitution, according to minister of state for youth affairs, Sheikh Salman Al Sabah.

The PAS has called on FIFA and the IOC to send a delegation to Kuwait to discuss the issue with the government and find a “consensus formula acceptable by all parties,” added Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah Al Sabah, minister of state for cabinet affairs.

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