KUWAIT, Aug 29 (KUNA) -- Minister of Social Affairs and Labor Sheikh Sabah
Al-Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah expressed content Wednesday with the meeting he
held with heads of the 14 local sport clubs, during which they discussed
issues pertaining to domestic sports and players.
In response to a KUNA question at a press conference following the meeting,
the minister said he sensed "great understanding and cooperation" from all
participants, as well as their keenness for elevating the status of Kuwaiti
Moreover, the minister, who is also Acting Minister of Interior and Acting
Minister of Defense, said the Asian Football Confederation would be contacted
to obtain approval for forming a 14-member board for Kuwait Football
Association -- a member from each sports club -- "which is what we deem best
for Kuwaiti sports."
He added, "The government stands ready to cooperate with the parliament to
implement laws to achieve people's aspirations in this area," noting the many
laws that had recently been passed on taking up sports as a profession and
granting players sports leave.
"These laws have been discussed with the 14 clubs and we are keen on
implementing them," the minister said.
Furthermore, Sheikh Sabah Al-Khalid said a KD 15 million budget had been
approved to support the system for sporting careers, adding that the cabinet
formed a committee grouping representatives from several ministries to fully
study grounds for granting sports leaves.
The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor will present a report to the
cabinet before October 15 containing detailed procedures that are required for
reforming sports laws and implementing recent laws passed by the parliament,
Furthermore, the minister said that a person could not hold membership in
more than one sports association or authority, and highlighted the emphasis
the government placed on elevating the status of sports at the regional and
international levels. (end)
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