Sheikh Salman: Privatization part of sport's future in Kuwait

Published November 10th, 2015 - 08:23 GMT

Privatization is part of sport's future in Kuwait, and the state would spare no effort in serving the movement, Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Sheikh Salman Al-Sabah said late Monday.

"We are going through a 'dangerous' turn, where after all facilitations and support by the state and pledging to come up with legislations that would guarantee technical and administrative non-interference in the work of sport authorities, we were 'surprised' by an unjustified, illegal and unfair suspension for Kuwaiti international sport activities.

"This opened the door for reconsidering current laws and the need for new ones that would achieve a sport renaissance," he told reporters after inaugurating the fourth edition of the Youth Empowerment Symposium, on behalf of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

"We proved, in the National Assembly (parliament), that the status of sport in Kuwait was in total decline, where in the same time, 'some' are filing false complaints to international organization in a bid to suspend the country's sport activities," Sheikh Salman said in reference to the suspension put on most Kuwaiti sport associations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA.

"We are aware that such task is hard, but this is a historic opportunity for everyone to cooperate, including current sport authorities, in order to serve Kuwait's best interest." Earlier today, the Cabinet entrusted the Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) with considering a suggestion on privatizing sports clubs.

Sheikh Salman briefed the ministers on efforts by the Public Authority for Sports to promote the sports scene and developing sports institutions as he proposed privatization of sports clubs with the major goal of upgrading the efficiency of their performance and promoting sports.

The discussions were in line with the elevated directives by His Highness the Amir and His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on encouraging sports and paying due care to youth, creating a favorable environment to unleash their creativity and abilities.

They were also part of the cabinet's interest in fostering youth capabilities and potential, especially in sports.

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