KUWAIT CITY, Oct 7: Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Yacoub Al-Sane’ has issued a decision to form a judicial panel at the Court of First Instance which will arbitrate on sports disputes in the country.
According to an official statement issued by Ministry of Justice, Judge Anwar Al-Mezyad from the Court of Appeals will chair the panel for a one-year period starting from this month along with his primary assignment in the court. The decision stipulates that the members of the panel will be drafted from two relevant courts such that each of the opposing parties a court each. The step became necessary after the Supreme Judicial Council agreed to setting up of a panel during a meeting held on September 21.
Meanwhile, sources within the sports circle said they believe the decision is like a sledgehammer against the efforts being exerted by Kuwait Football Association and Kuwait Olympic Committee to influence the decision of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) during the forthcoming meeting in Lausanne City of Switzerland, indicating that such a decision could have negative implication on Kuwaiti sports.
They explained that the Olympic Committee was panned to set up a panel but the recent decision has put the issue under discretion of the neutral judicial panel which none of the parties can control and cannot be regarded as government interference into affairs of the sport associations. Regarding the issue, MP Abdullah Al- Turaiji applauded the minister’s decision, affirming that those who have issues to argue within the sporting circle can now seek redress through the panel.
By Raed Yousef, Ayed Al-Enezi and Nasser Qadeh Al-Seyassah Staff