Kuwait City, 5th of July 2019: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has informed the Kuwait Olympic Committee, that the IOC Executive Board made the decision today to lift, fully and with immediate effect, the suspension of the Kuwait Olympic Committee. The decision was made on the basis of the Kuwait Olympic Committee fulfilling the mutually agreed roadmap for reinstatement. The final stage of the roadmap was the Kuwait Olympic Committee holding its Elective General Assembly, as it did last week on 30 June 2019.
The IOC President Thomas Bach informed the Kuwait Olympic Committee about the news in a letter to the newly elected President of Kuwait Olympic Committee, H.E. Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah.
In his letter, the IOC President extended his sincerest congratulations to H.E. Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah on his election as President of the Kuwait Olympic Committee. The IOC President also assured the new leadership of the Kuwait Olympic Committee that the IOC will be fully at their disposal to support and assist the Kuwait Olympic Committee in performing its mission and daily activities, including the preparation of a successful participation in the Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Reacting to the letter received from IOC President Thomas Bach, H.E. Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah, President of Kuwait Olympic Committee said:
“On behalf of the Kuwait Olympic Committee, I would like to thank the IOC for their support in helping us to make the necessary changes to re-join the Olympic Family and best serve the Olympic Movement in Kuwait. I as President, and my Board of Directors, have made it clear that we have a new vison for our future and we are committed to acting in the best interests of Kuwaiti sport and our athletes. With this reinstatement we look forward to building on our productive relationship with the IOC and making a valuable contribution to the Olympic Movement. Our efforts will be built on our three key pillars: Unity, Solidarity and Team Work, and we will work hard every day to live up to the trust that has been given. I would also like to thank all the International Federations for their support and guidance over the past years. We look very much forward to working with them and to hosting them and their international championships here in Kuwait in the future”.
The Kuwait Olympic Committee will now initiate the development of an overall strategy for the organisation incl. high-performance and sports participation planning. This will be led by H.E. Sheikh Fahad Nasser Sabah Ahmad Al Sabah as President alongside a young and dynamic Board of Directors with extensive sport and business world experience. The average age of the Board of Directors of Kuwait Olympic Committee is 32 years, assumed to be one of the youngest in the Olympic world.