IOC fully lifts Kuwait suspension after 4 years

July 09, 2019

IOC fully lifts Kuwait suspension after 4 years

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has lifted the ban on the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC), allowing Kuwaiti athletes to represent their country at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The decision comes four years after Kuwait were suspended back in 2015 over a new sports law that the IOC claimed at the time was interfering with the autonomy of the Olympic movement.

A number of requirements including the revision of KOC statues and elections had to be met for the reinstatement to take action. Inclusively, last August the IOC had provisionally lifted the suspension after acknowledgement of progress had been made, which enabled athletes to compete in the Asian Games and the Youth Olympics.

The decision follows the recommendation of the Supervisory Committee to fully lift the suspension of the KOC with immediate effect.

For more information visit the IOC statement here.

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