Sports in Kuwait to resume from September 1

Few club facilities are being used to confront the COVID-19 crisis

  
Image used for illustrative purpose. Kuwait fans cheer before the Asian Cup Group A soccer match betweeen Australia and Kuwait at the Rectangular stadium in Melbourne January 9, 2015.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Kuwait fans cheer before the Asian Cup Group A soccer match betweeen Australia and Kuwait at the Rectangular stadium in Melbourne January 9, 2015.

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KUWAIT CITY: The Olympic Committee has proposed September 1 as the date for resumption of local sports activities, in accordance with the agreement made with the Public Authority for Sports.

The proposal related to the new date was discussed during a meeting held by the Head of the Kuwait Olympic Committee Sheikh Fahad Nasser Al-Sabah with the sports federations and specialized clubs. The meeting addressed a number of points on the agenda. The attendees negotiated on these points in a bid to reach an agreement that will be in the public interest of Kuwaiti sport.

Among the items presented during the meeting was the resumption of training for some of the teams’players in July after coordinating with Ministry of Health and the Public Authority for Sports. Regarding the possibility of holding the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Games, the discussion led to the pitching of a new date – December 8, 2020. The federations participating in this event expressed their willingness to work on preparing the sports facilities and ensuring the technical and physical readiness of the players, which requires sufficient time.

So it was suggested to start training for the participating teams in the month of July. However, the approval of the participating countries remains the most important decision concerning whether or not the games will be held. They also discussed about holding the ordinary general assembly of the Olympic Committee in July 2020, as well as shifting the Olympic Committee to its new temporary headquarters in Jaber Al-Ahmad Youth Center in the month of August.

The Olympic Committee affirmed its real desire for the Kuwaiti sport to exit out of the stalemate it experienced due to the outbreak of COVID-19. Nonetheless, there is a lot to consider despite the positive step taken by Kuwait Olympic Committee in coordination with the Public Authority for Sports to ensure resumption of sports activities on September 1.

For instance, there are a number of clubs – namely Al-Nasr, Khaitan and Tadamoun – where the facilities are being used by competent authorities to confront the COVID-19 crisis. So far, no specific timeline has been set to evacuate those facilities, let alone the fact that these facilities will need a lot of maintenance work, and sterilization. Therefore, these three clubs may not manage to start their sports activities at the proposed dates.

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