KUWAIT CITY, July 5: Kuwait Olympic Committee and the Gulf Insurance Group inked on Monday an agreement for insuring some 263 Kuwaiti athletes. Speaking at a news conference marking the deal, Kuwait Olympic Committee Chairman Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al- Sabah said insuring the athletes for pitch injuries will encourage youth to get engaged in sports, boost morale of the athletes and nudge them into greater achievements.
The agreement that stipulates medical insurance for all Kuwaiti male and female athletes will enhance their morale to excel in local and international competitions and lift the name and flag of Kuwait aloft at sports quarters, Sheikh Fahad Al-Nasser said. He expressed gratitude to Sheikh Hamad Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah for his distinctive efforts in backing the Kuwaiti athletes. For his part, Khaled Al-Hassan, the group CEO, said in a statement during the news conference that the deal was necessary and in line with the company responsibility toward the society, namely the athletes. Insurance coverage for the Kuwaiti sportsmen and women hasbecome necessary due to possible accidents that inflict short or long term injuries. The year-long deal, effective as of early July, benefits some 263 players of national teams., (KUNA)