Sports clubs rally against unlawful advertisement revocation

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Lawyers Mutlaq Al-Jadei and Mishari Al-Harbash addressing the media.
President of the Kuwaiti Modern Pentathlon Club Nasser Al-Waleed.

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 25: A press conference is scheduled for 7:00 pm today at the Kuwait Lawyers Association Theater, addressing the cancellation of registration for 24 specialized clubs. This includes participation from legal professionals aiming to elucidate the unlawfulness of the cancellation, pinpoint errors in the decision, and assess its broader impact on athletes and the sports sector.

Muhammad Al-Aiban, the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of State for Youth Affairs, recently issued a ministerial decision, published in “Kuwait Al-Youm,” revoking the status of 24 specialized sports clubs.Following a coordination meeting held two nights ago, 11 of these clubs, in collaboration with legal representatives, prepared for today’s press conference. The objective is to shed light on the reasons behind the cancellation, highlight the General Sports Authority’s procedural errors, and emphasize the decision’s contradiction with established laws, despite a refusal from religious and legislative bodies.

Lawyer Mutlaq Al-Jadei asserted during the coordination meeting that committees were formed to prepare defense teams against this decision. He emphasized that the cancellation of club advertisements is illegal, resulting in a catastrophe that prevents over a thousand male and female players from participating in sports. Al-Jadei deemed the decision ill-considered and predicted its annulment through legal channels.

Echoing this sentiment, lawyer Mishari Al-Harbash emphasized the constitutional role of these clubs in protecting and nurturing young talent as per Article (10) of the Kuwaiti Constitution. He criticized the unexpected decisions and stressed the violation of the law, urging its repeal and recourse to the judiciary for resolution.

The President of the Kuwaiti Modern Pentathlon Club, Nasser Al-Waleed, condemned the arbitrary decision, describing its consequences as detrimental to young athletes and Kuwaiti sports. He revealed plans to refute the decision during the press conference, urging the attendance of Minister Muhammad Al-Aiban and General Sports Authority Director Yousef Al-Baidan to clarify the decision’s basis.

Abdullah Al-Ali, President of the Electronic Games Club, affirmed that the de-registered clubs fulfilled all conditions, including headquarters, a constitution, over 50 founding members, and a budget. The Secretary General of the Kuwaiti Cycling Club, Othman Al-Mutairi, labeled the decision unjust and pledged to reveal its circumstances during the conference, calling on members of the National Assembly to attend.

Dr. Falah Al-Mahwash, President of the Kuwaiti Inspire Sports Club for cars and motorcycles, invited relevant officials to witness evidence confirming the decision’s incorrectness, illegality, and invalidity. He stressed the importance of supporting accomplished clubs that contribute significantly to Kuwait’s sporting achievements, differentiating them from so-called “paper” clubs that should be eliminated.

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