Sheikh Salman: Kuwait to join sports events only when its flag is raised

Sheikh Salman: Kuwait to join sports events only when its flag is raised
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Published November 15th, 2015 - 22:17 GMT via SyndiGate.info

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Sheikh Salman Sabah wondered: Could we, Kuwaitis, accept participation in tournaments and championships that don't respect our flag and State?
Sheikh Salman Sabah wondered: Could we, Kuwaitis, accept participation in tournaments and championships that don't respect our flag and State?

Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah said on Sunday Kuwait would participate in sports events only when its flag was raised.

Speaking to reporters following a National Assembly session, Sheikh Salman Sabah wondered: "Could we, Kuwaitis, accept participation in tournaments and championships that don't respect our flag and State?" The minister emphasized that this issue is of paramount significance to the Public Authority for Sports (PAS).

He added that efforts were being exerted to reform and restructure the sports situation in general in order to restore Kuwait's previous prestigious position and to regain its sports role.

"We are acting in line with commitments issued through Legislation No 26/2012 regarding non-interference in administrative and technical matters. Kuwait's legal position in this regard is very clear," he said.

Asked about the single-vote mechanism for sports clubs' elections, which was recommended by the parliamentary youth and sports committee, the minister said: "It's just parliamentary jurisprudence, but, more importantly, we seek to reorganize the sports situation."

Asked if the FIFA's ban on Kuwait could be lifted, paving the way for Kuwait to participate in World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers, Sheikh Salman said: "The ball is now in the court of those who sought to suspend the sports activity. They are the only persons who can lift the suspension."

He concluded by reiterating the Kuwaiti government's refusal to joint sports events under the umbrella of the Olympic flag.

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