Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah: Embattled ANOC chief to seek reelection

Al-Sabah, also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), stepped down from both posts pending an ethics committee hearing into allegations of forgery.
by Annahar Staff

22 November 2018 | 14:11

Source: by Annahar

  • by Annahar Staff
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  • Last update: 22 November 2018 | 14:11

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah (AP)

BEIRUT: Despite accusations of forgery by a Swiss court, Association of National Olympic Committees President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah will seek reelection during its General Assembly meeting in Tokyo on November 28, sources familiar with the proceedings told Annahar. 

Al-Sabah, also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), stepped down from both posts pending an ethics committee hearing into allegations of forgery.

The Kuwaiti national has denied wrongdoing in the case brought against by Swiss authorities, and a statement issued by his spokesman maintained "that the whole matter is based on allegations that are maliciously motivated by political factions within Kuwait since 2012 and the matter has already been reviewed and closed in Kuwait."

The charges are linked to his previous efforts to prove that Kuwait’s former Prime Minister Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah and speaker of parliament Jasim Mohammad al-Kharafi were guilty of coup-plotting and corruption.

His efforts, based on fabricated evidence, led him to publicly apologize. 

Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has also been targetted by U.S authorities in the past, who accused him of bribing Richard Lai, the Fifa audit and compliance committee member during his time as a FIFA Council member. He later stepped down from this post as well.

Detractors of Al-Sabah have expressed skepticism in his attempt to regain his post as President of ANOC, labeling it an attempt to shield himself from prosecution for missteps in his home country. 

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