‘Join fight against harassment and abuse in sport’
KUWAIT CITY, Aug 20: Chairman of the Asian Olympic Council (AOC) Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, during a press conference at the Gelora Bung Karno Sports Complex, Jakarta on Monday, said the launch of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia is very encouraging and that there are countries in the Middle East that can host the Asian Games after the Doha experience.
According to a press release, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad expressed his happiness and pride over the hosting of the Asian Games by Indonesia, which showed a strong desire for doing so, and had prepared for it for three years. He revealed that the 18th edition is witnessing the breaking of records with the participation of 17,000 athletes and officials for the first time in history and with the presence of 11,000 media professionals, indicating that there is a high demand for tickets, which is very positive for the tournament.
In response to questions concerning the four Japanese athletes who were removed by their Olympic committee for showing immoral behavior during the tournament, Sheikh Ahmad thanked the Japanese Olympic Committee for its speedy action, indicating that such things can happen with athletes from other countries as well, not just Japan, and during other sports events, not just the Asian Games.
He revealed that they are working with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and international sports federations to facilitate procedures for Palestinian athletes and give the latter the opportunity to train and participate in tournaments. He added, “That is our job, but their protection and security is the responsibility of other bodies such as the United Nations”.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Jordanian Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) His Royal Highness Prince Faisal Al Hussein called on all sports leaders and officials to join the fight against harassment and abuse in sport.
During the General Assembly of the Asian Olympic Council at the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Prince Faisal summarized the various forms of harassment and abuse witnessed in sports around the world, stressing that such forms of harassment and abuse could have a “devastating” effect on the affected athletes, even leading to suicides.
It is worth mentioning that the Kuwait Olympic Committee was welcomed at the 37th session of the General Assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (AOC). Kuwait’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) was suspended by the International Olympic Committee in October 2015 due to governmental interference, but the IOC Executive Council temporarily lifted the suspension on August 16. The Kuwaiti Olympic Committee thanked the Olympic Movement for its support