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Kuwait passes new sport law aimed at ending FIFA, IOC bans

AFP  |  Kuwait City 

Kuwait's today endorsed a new on sport which it hopes will end bans from international competitions over alleged interference.

World sports bodies led by FIFA and the International suspended Kuwait in October 2015 for the second time since 2010 over alleged meddling in sports.

In 2016, the authorities dissolved Kuwait's sports bodies including its and football federation.

It later set up temporary committees in their place, but FIFA and the have refused to recognise those bodies.

The official KUNA agency said voted for the new "in a step affirming the independence of sports".

The agency also quoted acting minister of state for youth affairs, Khaled al-Roudhan, as saying the will lead to an end to the ban.

"Now we have a law that fulfills international conditions and criteria," he said.

Roudhan added that he would soon write to FIFA asking it to lift the ban, KUNA added.

Analysts say Kuwait's sports crisis, which has blocked the country from taking part in international competitions, is the result of a power struggle within the ruling elite.

Kuwait has been barred from taking part in qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, the 2019 Asian Cup, and before that the Rio

The world bodies have set out three conditions for accepting Kuwait back: it must issue a new sports law in line with international treaties, drop lawsuits it brought against the world governing bodies and reinstate its original sports committees.

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First Published: Sun, December 03 2017. 23:10 IST