FIFA lifts ban on Kuwait Football Association
FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivers a speech during the Final Draw of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 1, 2017. EPA-EFE FILE/YURI KOCHETKOV
FIFA Council member Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait during a press conference after the FIFA Council meeting at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, Oct 14, 2016. EFE-EPA(FILE)/ ENNIO LEANZA
Lebanese player Abbas Atwi (L) in action against Kuwait's Yousef Nasser (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying soccer match between Kuwait and Lebanon at National Stadium in Kuwait City, 13 Oct 13, 2015. EFE- EPA(FILE)/Raed Qutena
Cairo, Dec 6 (efe-epa).- FIFA's president on Wednesday announced the decision to lift the ban on Kuwait's Football Association, in place since Oct. 2015.
Gianni Infantino made the announcement during a visit to Kuwait, where he was received by Khaled al-Roudan, the Kuwaiti minister of trade and industry and acting minister of youth affairs.
"The suspension on Kuwait Football Association is lifted," Infantino said in a video posted on social media by al-Roudan.
On Sunday, the Kuwaiti parliament decided to amend the country's sports law, the reason behind the ban, and adopt legislative changes proposed by FIFA, according to Kuwait's state-run news agency KUNA.
Interference by the Kuwaiti government in the country's football association also led the International Olympic Committee in 2015 to prohibit Kuwait from participating in all international sports competitions.