Sports authority adds incentive salary to full-time football players

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Payment increase encourages athletes to develop their technical skills

KUWAIT CITY, Aug 1: The Public Authority for Sports has announced the payment of an incentive salary to full-time football players amounting to 800 Kuwaiti dinars (about 2,640 US dollars), in order to support and encourage them to develop their technical level. The Acting Director General of the Authority, Dr. Saqr Al-Mulla, said in a press conference on the occasion of the launch of the second phase of sports professionalism that the incentive salary is added to the salary of the players from their government work or the private sector, in which the government owns more than 50 percent, provided that the rest of the games are joined with football in the third stage.

Acting Director of the General Sports Authority, Dr. Saqr Al-Mulla.

Al-Mulla explained that the electronic system for total professionalism has been activated, in addition to the possibility of transferring the salary by the club on a monthly and direct basis, to facilitate the process of exchange and monitoring, after lapses were detected, represented in the fact that some players did not obtain their contracts with the club. He stressed that this matter is rejected and will be subject to continuous monitoring by the authority until its strategy is implemented, pointing to the authority’s keenness to increase financial amounts and support players through cooperation with the Ministry of Finance to garner more achievements in international forums and raise the flag of Kuwait high. He indicated that reaching full professionalism includes four stages, each of which is subject to evaluation before implementing the other stage, explaining that the first stage is the seasonal sabbatical for all players in all games, as 140 players, 14 coaches and 18 administrators benefited from the seasonal sabbatical during the last sports season.

He pointed out that the second phase is to provide support and an encouraging salary for the game of football within the institutional work to implement the strategy for developing sports 2022-2028, which was launched by the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Abdul Rahman Al-Mutairi and the Board of Directors of the Public Sports Authority for the development and support of Kuwaiti players.

Al-Mulla said that the third phase will include other sports, while the fourth phase will include sports legislation for the development of the Kuwaiti sports system. He pointed to the entry of women’s sports into the professional system through cooperation with officials of the Women’s Committee of the Kuwait Olympic Committee in a number of individual games besides futsal and adding important sports that have gained achievements in the sports community, including cycling and equestrian, (KUNA)

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