Kuwait passes new sports law
Kuwait’s parliament yesterday endorsed a new law on sport which it hopes will end bans from international competitions over alleged government interference.
The development is good news for football fans of the region as the 23rd Gulf Cup scheduled to be hosted by Qatar later this month can go ahead if FIFA is satisfied with Kuwait’s move.
World sports bodies led by FIFA and the International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged government meddling in sports.
In 2016, the authorities dissolved Kuwait’s sports bodies including its Olympic committee and football federation.
It later set up temporary committees in their place, but FIFA and the IOC have refused to recognise those bodies.
The official KUNA news agency said parliament voted for the new law “in a step affirming the independence of sports”.
The agency also quoted acting minister of state for youth affairs, Khaled al-Roudhan, as saying the law will lead to an end to the ban.
“Now we have a law that fulfils international conditions and criteria,” he said.
Roudhan added that he would soon write to FIFA asking it to lift the ban, KUNA added.
Kuwait had been barred from taking part in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, the 2019 Asian Cup.