By Staff writer
Minister says Kuwait’s suspension will be lifted 'sooner or later'
Kuwait’s government is looking to apply a 1978 sports law, which was amended by parliament last June, in order to allow it to participate in international sports events, according to a minister.
“[The government] seeks to implement law number 42 which was implemented since 1978 until 2006 in order to dismiss all claims about legal status of Kuwait’s international participation in all sports,” Minister of State Sheikh Mohammad Al Sabah told KUNA state news agency at the airport reception of Kuwaiti athlete Abdullah Al Rashidi who won the bronze medal in men’s skeet at the Rio 2016 Olympics, reported Kuwait Times.
Kuwait was dismissed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in October 2015 for governmental interference in sports. It was initiated by a complaint from a local source that Kuwaiti laws did not comply with international and Olympic rules, according to Al Sabah.
“It is hard to imagine that some of our countrymen seek to block the lifting of suspension on Kuwait sport and thus hoisting Kuwaiti flag in international events,” he said. “We are waiting to see how credible the international sport authorities are in order to do Kuwait justice.”
Al Sabah said Kuwait’s suspension would be lifted “sooner or later along with respect of international laws”.