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IOC will not suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee on 1 August

July 28th, 2009
Following a Memorandum signed with the Kuwaiti Authorities on 15 July 2009 in Lausanne, a letter was received by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) from the Minister of Social Affairs and Labour in Kuwait confirming the decision taken formally by the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers on 20 July 2009 to ensure that the process of reviewing the national sports law and regulations in order to make them compatible with the Olympic Charter and the rules of the respective International Olympic Sports Federations will be undertaken with the Kuwaiti Parliament in due course.


In view of this firm commitment from the Kuwaiti authorities, and based on the agreement signed on 15 July, the IOC is pleased to announce that the decision to suspend the Kuwait Olympic Committee will therefore not enter into effect on 1 August.


Nevertheless, the IOC takes this opportunity to point out the next step of the agreement signed on 15 July, which clearly indicates that the whole process of amendments to the sports law will have to be finalised by 31 December 2009 at the latest.


Therefore, the IOC, together with the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), has offered its technical assistance to the Kuwaiti authorities, if necessary, in order to achieve this next step.


“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,” said Pere Miró, Director of the IOC’s Department of NOC Relations, “This is an important step forward.”




Rule 28.9 of the Olympic Charter states that “the IOC Executive Board may take any appropriate decisions for the protection of the Olympic Movement in the country of an NOC, including suspension of or withdrawal of recognition from such NOC if the constitution, law or other regulations in force in the country concerned, or any act by any governmental or other body, causes the activity of the NOC or the making or expression of its will to be hampered.”


The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the Olympic Movement. The Olympic Charter states that NOCs must preserve their autonomy and resist pressure of any kind — including, but not limited to, political, legal, religious or economic pressures — which may prevent them from complying with the Olympic Charter.


For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department,
Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email: pressoffice@olympic.org


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