IOC President Bach lavishes reward on suspended Sheikh Ahmad

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29 Nov 2018, 16:00 IST
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TOKYO (AP) — Sheikh Ahmad al Fahad al Sabah, who has stepped away briefly from the presidency of an Olympic umbrella group to struggle a felony court docket case in Switzerland, was praised by IOC President Thomas Bach on Thursday.

“We’ve got stated, to start with, that we respect the choice he took below his personal will and we acknowledge that this resolution, his resolution, was taken within the pursuits of all of us,” Bach informed 1,400 delegates of the Affiliation of Nationwide Olympic Committees.

The Kuwaiti sheikh final week additionally suspended himself from his 26-year membership within the Worldwide Olympic Committee to be able to struggle the corruption case.

He has stated he is harmless and says the case is “politically motivated.”

ANOC senior vice chairman Robin Mitchell will function the appearing president. Mitchell stated he had no thought how lengthy that might be for.

Sheikh Ahmad is accused by Geneva public prosecutors of forgery in an alleged faked arbitration case involving 4 others.

“We hope we are able to see him again right here very quickly after his case is solved,” Bach informed delegates, who applauded warmly.

Many credit score Sheikh Ahmad with swinging votes to get Bach elected in 2013.

Bach additionally lectured the delegates in regards to the want for good governance: “Possibly you do not need to hear it anymore. However I can’t get uninterested in repeating it with regard to good governance: What impacts considered one of us impacts all of us.”

The IOC has been hit with embarrassing corruption circumstances. Sheikh Ahmad is the third IOC member just lately to be suspended — or self-suspended. A fourth, honorary member Carlos Nuzman who headed the 2016 Olympics, can also be suspended.

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