Statement from ANOC Vice-President Lassana Palenfo on the current situation in Kuwait
As Vice-President of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) and President of the Association of the National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA), I would like to express my full support for ANOC President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah as he appeals the charges which have been unfairly issued against him in Kuwait.
Sadly, these charges appear to be a personal attack against Sheikh Ahmad and have come as a consequence of the Kuwait Olympic Committee being suspended by the IOC on 27 October 2015 as a result of the introduction of sports laws in Kuwait which threatened the autonomy of sport. These new laws were introduced following the unfavourable outcome of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) elections for certain individuals in Kuwait. These same individuals have also campaigned for the Kuwaiti government to terminate their agreement with the OCA and have said that no Kuwaiti athletes will be able to compete at international events, including the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This is a very sad situation which damages the integrity of the sports movement in Kuwait and most importantly has a negative impact on the Kuwaiti athletes.
Sport should be used to unite the world and not be manipulated for negative or personal means. This is a time when the values of sport and Olympism should be protected and promoted. The whole ANOC family is united behind Sheikh Ahmad as he appeals these charges and continues to protect the values of democracy, freedom of speech and the autonomy of sport.
General . Lassana Palenfo
ANOC Vice President
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