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The IOC Executive Board (EB) has decided to suspend the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Kuwait following political interference by the government in the Kuwaiti sports movement. This decision, taken in accordance with the provisions of the Olympic Charter (Rule 28.9 in particular) to protect the Olympic Movement in Kuwait, took effect as of 1 January 2010.

The sports legislation currently in force in Kuwait reveals clear interference by the public authorities in the internal functioning of the country’s sports organisations, which is contrary to the Olympic Movement’s principle of autonomy and prevents the organisations which make up the Olympic Movement in Kuwait from respecting the principles and rules of the Olympic Charter and of the corresponding International Sports Federations.

Despite the IOC’s efforts since 2007 to help the Kuwaiti authorities resolve this situation, the planned changes to the national sports legislation to make it compatible with the principles and rules which govern the Olympic Movement were not finalised by the agreed deadline (31 December 2009) in line with the undertakings given.

The IOC EB will not be able to envisage lifting this suspension until the agreements signed are respected and put into effect, to ensure that the autonomy of the Olympic Movement in Kuwait is preserved in accordance with the principles and rules which govern the Olympic Movement.


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FINA Suspends Kuwait

The Kuwait Swimming Association is now suspended by international federation FINA following the IOC suspension of the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee on Jan 1.

FINA made the decision to suspend KSA at a FINA Bureau Meeting that took place last week in Bangkok. The suspension of KSA is a direct result of the IOC suspending the KOC due to excessive government interference in sports. FINA said in a press release that it decided "to temporarily suspend Kuwait Swimming Association from any International Aquatic Activities with the purpose to protect the federation, their officials, coaches and athletes from acts by the Kuwait Government or any governmental or other body as consequences of the constitution, law or other regulations in force in the country."


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