July 28, 2009

Kuwait avoids IOC suspension

Kuwait won't face suspension from the International Olympic Committee following a commitment to refrain from interfering with the country's sports officials.

The IOC in June said it would suspend Kuwait's Olympic committee unless Kuwaiti law is changed to become compatible with the principles and rules of the Olympic movement. The international officials said the country's leaders had interfered with the Kuwaiti Olympic committee's autonomy.

The IOC said in a release Tuesday that Kuwait had taken steps to address its concerns. Kuwait sent a letter to the IOC stating its intention to have the Kuwaiti Parliament make national sports laws and regulations compatible with the Olympic Charter.

The IOC said Kuwait's actions are to be finalized by Dec. 31 so it rescinded its suspension threat, which was to go into effect Saturday and would have barred Kuwait athletes form Olympic competition.

We are very pleased that the Kuwaiti authorities are showing their willingness to implement satisfactory measures in order to avoid the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee and Kuwait Olympic Movement, Pere Miro, director of the IOC's Department of NOC Relations, said in the release. This is an important step forward.