One of the biggest crime stories in the Olympic world takes another surprising turn. The Executive Board of the IOC has suspended the highly influential Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah as an IOC member for three years. The consequences are hard to foresee. It has the potential to blow up the Olympic family.
Eine der größten Kriminalgeschichten des Weltsports nimmt eine weitere überraschende Wendung. Das IOC-Exekutivkomitee hat den kuwaitischen Multifunktionär Scheich Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah für drei Jahre als IOC-Mitglied suspendiert. Die Folgen sind kaum abzusehen.
A great majority of non-Olympic sports federations may be ready to weaken their position vis-à-vis Olympic federations if they vote to dissolve their common association GAISF at a General Assembly on 29 November. This will further strengthen IOC’s grip on world sport.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Sabah has been sentenced to prison. Our author has observed the Kuwaiti Sheikh for many years and has been threatened by the Sheikh’s aides several times. He describes the methods that brought Ahmad to power and the implications of the conviction for Al-Sabah and the Olympic system.