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PAS, IOC meet as part of efforts to lift Kuwait’s sports ban permanently

Kuwait’s Al-Zakawi wins bronze medal in discus in Asian Games

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 29, (KUNA): Director-General of the Public Authority for Sports (PAS) Humoud Fulaiteh on Wednesday said a PAS delegation held a very positive meeting with officials of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the Swiss city of Lausanne on Tuesday.

In a statement by PAS, Fulaiteh, who is heading the Kuwaiti delegation in Switzerland, affirmed that there was an agreement between the authority and IOC officials on “all topics that would lift the ban on the Kuwaiti sports permanently.”

The statement quoted Fulaiteh as saying that execution of the agreed-upon “road map” would begin next week, hoping there would be no intervention “from other parties to obstruct” the process.

IOC and FIFA imposed a suspension on Kuwait’s sports, in October 2015, after the Kuwaiti Government issued laws for the sports sector.

The two international bodies said the new laws would legalize its interference in sports, which was considered as a government intrusion in the sector.

Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Issa Al-Zakawi snatched the bronze medal, having tossed the discus 59.9m short of the Iranian player who took the gold (65m) and the Iraqi who came second (60m) in the 18th Asian Games currently being held in Jakarta, Indonesia.

On Sunday, the Kuwaiti athlete won the bronze medal in discus. His fellow citizen Ahmad Al-Misfer took the silver in karate, two days ago, in addition to a gold won by Mansour Al-Rashidi in shooting.

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