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Volume 10 No. 25
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International Olympic Committee Ban Threat Pushes Kuwait To Amend Sports Law

Kuwait has "amended its sports law" following threats from the IOC that it will suspend the country over inference from government authorities in the Olympic movement, according to Claire Valdini of ARABIAN BUSINESS. The country gave no details of the changes, but Olympic committee Chair Sheikh Ahmad Al Sabah reassured athletes that they would now "be able to compete under the national flag." A proposal to "reapply for the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee" is due to be presented to the IOC Exec Board at a meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland next month. Suspension would cut off IOC funding to the committees and "prevent their athletes from competing in the Olympics under their national flags" (ARABIAN BUSINESS, 11/28).