Saturday , 24 February 2024

Rain of Olympic lawsuits!

The Kuwaiti government filed a $1.3 billion suit against 14 board members of the Gulf state's Olympic committee, including the influential head of the world association of national Olympic bodies. Among those named in the suit was Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the president of the Association of National Olympic Committees. The sheikh is also a senior member of the IOC, head of the Olympic Council of Asia and an executive committee member of FIFA.

The International Olympic Committee suspended the Kuwaiti body in October on grounds of government interference in sports. The suspension could keep Kuwaiti athletes from representing their country at this year's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The lawsuit further widens the rift between the Kuwait government and the IOC, making a speedy lifting of the suspension less likely.

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