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Tuesday , September 17 2019

Amir congratulates new Olympic Committee executives – Key step to lift ban

KUWAIT CITY, July 1, (KUNA): His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al- Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Monday congratulated the president of Kuwait’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) on his ascension to the post, which he will hold for the next four years. In a letter he sent to Sheikh Fahad Nasser Al-Sabah, His Highness the Amir wished him every success as he seeks to assist Kuwaiti athletes in their bid to attain international recognition.

His Highness the Amir shared similar warm sentiments with the entire NOC executive board, wishing them well amid their quest to propel Kuwaiti sports to new heights. Similarly, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent congratulatory messages to the NOC executives as well. His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al- Sabah also sent them similar congratulatory cables. Kuwait NOC general assembly members elected Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah as board chairman for a four-year term, 2019-23. The general assembly also elected Mohammad Jaafar as vice-chairman and Hussain Al-Musallam as Secretary General.

The members also elected the board members: Sheikh Mubarak Faisal Nawaf Al-Sabah, Sheikh Jaber Thamer Jaber Al- Sabah, Ali Al-Marri, Nael Al-Awadhi, Musaed Al-Ajeel and Saud Al-Harbi. Elections were attended by representatives of local sport clubs, vice-president of the International Olympic Committee and Secretary-General of the Olympic Council of Asia. Electing Kuwait NOC board Sunday is the last step of a roadmap to permanently lift an international ban on Kuwait sport, the Public Authority of Sport said.

A report about the elections will be referred to the International Olympic Committee, then to IOC’s Executive Board in coming days to officially lift the ban, Dr Saqer Al-Mulla, the Authority’s Deputy Director General, said in a statement. He called on all parties to support the new NOC’s board.

Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Al-Sabah on Sunday said further efforts were required by all sportspeople to work on the development of Kuwaiti sport in all aspects. Sheikh Fahad said in a speech after his election at helm of NOC that the committee would cooperate with all government bodies, including the General Authority for Sport to promote Kuwaiti sport. “Kuwaiti sport has faced many challenges … which requires constructive teamwork away from favoritism to develop the sport movement,” he added.

Sheikh Fahad noted that the committee would work to bring expertise from different countries of the world and sign a protocol of cooperation with the elite sports academies in order to create a successful Kuwaiti sport system. NOC Chairman pointed out that an Olympic medical center will be set up to provide treatment for all athletes, adding that NOC will strengthen its relations with global organizations. He stressed that the committee will work hard to help the largest number of athletes to qualify to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to represent Kuwait. Sheikh Fahad thanked all sports federations for his election as Chairman of the Olympic Committee.

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