Kuwait to permit quasi-professional athleticism

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KUWAIT CITY, Nov 27: Director-General of the Kuwaiti Public Authority for Sport Humoud Flaiteh said Saturday new sports rules will be adopted soon, allowing football, handball, volleyball and basketball players to be dedicated to their games during a sports season. Distinguished individual athletes representing Kuwaiti national sports teams are also entitled to the same status in line with the imminent regulations, Flaiteh said in a statement to KUNA.

The move, which comes at the behest of Minister of Information and Culture and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi, is part of the authority’s 2022-2028 strategy purposed to spur young athletes to excel in their favorite games. The rules, which have capped the efforts of an ad hoc group, will enable athletes to have more time to get proper training and revamp their technical levels due to planned utter sports dedication, the official pointed out. However, the authority has set out clear-cut and unequivocal criteria and controls to ensure that sports clubs and federations will put the fresh regulations, once approved, in place in a proper mode, he stressed. The rules are just a step towards the application of professional athleticism in the country, he said, hoping that the plan will help Kuwaiti athletes develop their performance and participation both at home and abroad.(KUNA)

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