FIFA lifts Kuwait's 2-year ban from international soccer

6 December 2017 | 13:23

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 6 December 2017 | 13:23

FIFA president Gianni Infantino (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin speak on stage ahead of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1, 2017. (AFP Photo)

ZURICH: FIFA says it has lifted Kuwait's ban from international soccer. 

FIFA President Gianni Infantino is in Kuwait to confirm the government is no longer interfering with how the soccer federation is being run.

FIFA says the "Kuwait Parliament has adopted a new sports law" which complies with its statutes.

The ban was imposed in October 2015, leaving Kuwait unable to play its World Cup qualifiers. Because the 2019 Asian Cup qualifying program was linked to the World Cup, Kuwait also dropped out of the continental competition.

Kuwait remains suspended by the International Olympic Committee. Its athletes competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics as an independent team.

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