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Kuwait certain to miss Rio 2016 after “human rights threatening” new sporting Statutes

first_imgUnder the new measures, the Public Sports Authority (PSA) gain the power to dissolve all sporting bodies including the Kuwait Olympic Committee, as well as assuming control over all appointments and financial matters.Those who refuse to comply could face jail terms of between one and three years.The new Statutes, proposed by PSA chair Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah, were approved by 40 of the 46 members of the National Assembly today.It is thought likely that all National Federations will be dissolved by the KOC, with new club organisations set-up to replace them.This ends any prospect of Kuwait’s suspension from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) being lifted before the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, meaning athletes from the Gulf Nation will only compete as independent athletes.But it also means Kuwait faces generations in the international sporting wilderness, with the IOC and all IFs virtually certain to refuse to recognise any new National Federation introduced by the PSA.last_img read more