IOC lifts Kuwait suspension, clearing nation to compete in 2020 Olympics

PARIS (AFP) – Kuwait has been cleared to compete in the 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Friday it was lifting the suspension it imposed on the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC) four years ago.

In a statement, the IOC said the KOC had successfully implemented “a roadmap agreed between all parties”.

This was the third and final step in the roadmap which also required revision and adoption of new statutes for sports clubs and federations, followed by elections.

Kuwaiti Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri said the move to lift the ban came after years during which “damage was inflicted in all factors of Kuwaiti sports”.

Kuwait was suspended in October 2015 following “undue government interference after a sports law that was not compatible with the basic principles that govern the Olympic Movement was passed in the country”.