Sheikh Ahmad to depart as ANOC leader say reports

Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah is reportedly set to exit another of his senior positions in sports governance by stepping down as president of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

The Inside the Games website said Sheikh Ahmad will step down from the ANOC position after International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach requested that he not stand for re-election amid the allegations of forgery currently surrounding the influential Kuwaiti official.

Sheikh Ahmad was due to be re-elected unopposed at ANOC’s general assembly on November 28-29, but last week decided to temporarily stand down from his roles and responsibilities as an IOC member after it emerged he had been charged with forgery in Switzerland.

Swiss newspaper Le Temps said the Kuwaiti official is accused, along with four other others, of plotting a scheme to prove that Kuwait’s former Prime Minister, Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Ahmad al-Sabah, and parliament speaker, Jassem al-Kharafi, were guilty of corruption and plotting a coup.

Sheikh Ahmad has been an IOC member for 26 years and is currently chairman of the Olympic Solidarity Commission, a body that assigns funds to sports projects globally. He is also president of the Olympic Council of Asia.

The case is set to go before a Geneva court next year, with the plaintiffs accused of staging a fictitious arbitration in an effort to legitimise video recordings Sheikh Ahmad had presented in Kuwait as evidence of corrupt practices by Nasser al-Sabah and al-Kharafi.

Sheikh Ahmad has vehemently denied the forgery allegations, but Inside the Games said he has decided to step down until his future is resolved following talks with senior ANOC colleagues and leaders from the Olympic continental associations.

Fiji’s Robin Mitchell, president of the Oceania National Olympic Committees, is this week expected to be elected as ANOC first vice-president and assume leadership on a temporary basis.