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Governmental interference in global sport - Why Kuwait is still in the Olympic wilderness

Kuwait Football with Olympic Rings
Friday, 15 June 2018 By Andrew Moroney

The suspension of an athlete or nation from participating in the Olympic Games is commonly considered to be the ultimate sporting sanction. Whilst the suspension of Russia from PyeongChang 20181 (and its reinstatement immediately afterwards2) has grabbed recent headlines, Kuwait remains subject to a ban imposed by the International Olympic Committee (“IOC”) in 2015.

This article considers the reasons behind Kuwait’s suspension and whether the end is in sight, as well as the wider context of governmental interference in global sport. Specifically, it looks at:

  • Background

  • Relevant provisions of the Kuwaiti Sports Legislation, IOC Charter and the FIFA Statues

  • Subsequent developments

  • The wider context of governmental interference

  • Commentary

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Andrew Moroney

Andrew Moroney

Andrew is a Senior Associate in Squire Patton Boggs’ global Sports & Entertainment Group, working out of the Dubai office.

Andrew has a wide array of experience advising clients in the sports, esports and events sectors on sponsorship, broadcasting, merchandising, ticketing, player contracts, intermediary issues, athlete endorsement, disciplinary issues, governance, regulatory matters and disputes. He regularly advises corporate entities, governing bodies, individuals and foreign law firms on matters spanning football, cycling, horseracing, motorsports, golf and tennis. Andrew has a particular interest in the esports industry, acting for publishers, tournament organisers and esports teams.

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