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Efforts continue to lift international suspension on Kuwaiti sports

Kuwait was banned from international football by FIFA and the IOC in October 2015 because of government interference

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Kuwait is continuing its efforts in attempting to lift an international ban on its athletes from competing in international events after the country’s National Assembly sent two letters to the International Olympic Committee.

Head of the National Assembly’s sports and youth committee MP Saadoun Hammad sent two letters to the IOC and FIFA, asking them to lift the suspension on Kuwaiti sports for six months until new legislation are approved by the parliament, local newspaper Kuwait Times reported.

Kuwait was banned from international football in October 2015 because of government interference in the running of its Football Association.

Soon after, the country was also banned by the IOC which forced Kuwait’s athletes to compete as independent athletes under the Olympic flag during the Rio Games.