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Olympic Committee Lifts Kuwait’s Suspension

Olympic Committee Lifts Kuwait’s Suspension

Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 17:15
Olympic House, the new headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), is pictured before its official opening in Lausanne, Switzerland, June 19, 2019. (Reuters)
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted the suspension of Kuwait, allowing its athletes to compete at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics under their country’s flag.

“The (IOC) Executive fully lifted the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee as a result of the successful implementation of a roadmap agreed between all parties,” the IOC said in a statement Friday.

It said all necessary actions, including the revision of KOC statutes and elections, had taken place.

The decision ends an almost four-year suspension sparked over a new sports law that the IOC said at the time was interfering with the autonomy of the Olympic movement.

As a result, Kuwaiti athletes had to compete under the Olympic flag at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 2016 and until now had no access to IOC funds.

The IOC had provisionally lifted the ban last year before the start of the Asian Games in August, allowing the country to participate under its own flag.

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