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

Published 15 June 2018 By: Andrew Moroney

Kuwait Football with Olympic Rings

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

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Andrew is an Associate in Al Tamimi & Company’s Sports Law & Events Management Practice. He has a wide array of experience advising clients in the sports and events sector on sponsorship; broadcasting; merchandising; ticketing; player contracts; intermediary issues; athlete endorsement; disciplinary issues; regulatory matters and disputes. He regularly advises corporate entities, governing bodies, individuals and international law firms on matters spanning football, cycling, horseracing, motorsports, golf and tennis. Andrew also has a particular interest in the growing eSports industry.

Before joining Al Tamimi, Andrew was Legal Counsel at the (English) Football Association, primarily focussed on regulatory matters, dispute resolution and risk management. Highlights included re-drafting the FA Rulebook, acting as the Secretariat for the FA Rule K arbitration process and handling a number of cases heard by the UEFA Disciplinary Committee, the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Prior to that, Andrew trained and qualified at a large European law firm in London, where he gained further experience advising football, rugby, horseracing and boxing clients on regulatory, corruption and anti-doping matters. Andrew also spent six months working on the landmark inquests into the Hillsborough stadium disaster.

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