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Kuwait’s Sheikh Salman presents sports revamp strategy to the cabinet

Report aims to upgrade the level of athletes in local and external competitions

Kuwait’s Sheikh Salman presents sports revamp strategy to the cabinet

Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Sabah, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, has presented a report to the Cabinet on Monday regarding a strategy of the Public Authority for Sports (PAY) to improve Kuwaiti sports, according to a Arab Times report.

The strategy consists of six aspects including the private and public sports sectors, educational sector, sports facilities, sports medicine, and privatisation.

Sheikh Salman said the report aims to upgrade the level of athletes in local and external competitions, support the sports of women and people with special needs, open new sports clubs in north and south Kuwait, provide clubs with appropriate financial aid, and restructure PAY’s sectors.

PAY and the Ministry of Education will also establish joint sports training centres between schools and clubs and public and private universities and colleges.

However, top priority will be given to developing sports facilities, applying health insurance to national teams and privatising public clubs, according to the minister.

Kuwait has long had a trouble history with its sports sector. Last October, it was banned for the second time from the Olympics and for the first time from FIFA.

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