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MP seeks to revive golden age of sport

KUWAIT CITY, Nov 5: Youth and Sports Committee Rapporteur at the National Assembly MP Dr Abdullah Al- Turaiji has affirmed that Kuwait sports must return to its golden era by resolving all problems which led to its deterioration, reports Al-Seyassah daily. In a press statement, Al- Turaiji asserted the major actors, who had a hand in the deterioration of the sports sector, should be removed from office; considering the role they played in banning Kuwait from participating in international sports activities.

He said the recommendations presented in the parliamentary session on Wednesday are appropriate steps towards the desired sports reform. He added the recommendations will be implemented soon after voting on them in the next session slated for Nov 17, explaining that lack of quorum delayed the voting which should have been done during Wednesday’s session. He stressed the National Assembly took a significant step when it agreed that the road may be long but everybody is determined to attain the desired objective. He asserted what has been destroyed by those who conspired against their country in international organizations and commissions will be fixed through the recommendations which will be supported by the legislative and executive authorities. He assured the Assembly will enact laws for sports development and reform.

He revealed the Assembly will vote on the recommendation to investigate causes and effects of the ban to the youths and sports. He added the committee will meet Minister of Information and State Minister for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Hamoud and officials of the Public Authority for Youth and Sports, in addition to inviting some of those who contributed to the ban through external incitement. He then emphasized the need to change the system in the local sports sector, especially in terms of dealing with issues related to the privatization of sports clubs. He reiterated this step is necessary to ensure successful development of the sector, as well as to stop the retaliatory acts and controversies stirred by some notable Kuwaitis who hold esteemed positions in the international sporting circle. He said those who attained positions through Kuwait funds are the same people embarrassing the country, government, Parliament and citizens at the international level.

On another issue, Al-Turaiji asked Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Sabeeh to explain reasons for postponing elections of Kuwait Lawyers Association. He inquired if it was right to issue such a decision to keep the board members in their positions after expiration of their tenure on Aug 31. He also queried about the legal status of members considering their tenure. He wants to know whether the current period will be deducted from the tenure of the incoming board. He demanded for quick response to the questions to avert legal misrepresentation of the issue, especially since it has to do with financial entitlements.

Meanwhile, MP Dr Abdulhameed Dashti said he looked into the complaint submitted by the families of Abdally terrorist cell suspects to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) in Geneva. Dashti pointed out the incident in Wednesday’s session, when MP Adnan AbdulSamad talked about the noise made by some lawmakers, was unacceptable. He explained other lawmakers could have made noise to interrupt the discussion but they only wanted to follow the rules and regulations. He added he did not blame AbdulSamad because interruption of the discussion was painful as some lawmakers downplayed important issues like the Abdally terrorist cell despite knowing that an accused remains innocent until proven guilty in court.

He also called for the formation of a fact-finding committee in the Parliament to investigate petitions submitted by the suspects who claimed they were tortured during interrogations. He affirmed the final court verdict will reveal the truth but until then, they remain as suspects

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