Kuwait, ITTF discuss sports suspension

By Abdullah Boqas

KUALA LAMPUR, March 2 (KUNA) — Head of Kuwait’s Table Tennis Association Sheikh Malek Al-Humoud Al-Sabah met on Wednesday with President of International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Thomas Weikert and discussed lifting the suspension of sports activities imposed on Kuwait.
In a statement to KUNA, Sheikh Malek said he discussed with Weikert the Kuwait’s requests pertaining to dropping the suspension of tennis table activities imposed on the country.
“Weikert’s responses were positive. He promised me to study the situation closely. He stressed that he is eager to help Kuwait take part in ITTF’s international sports events,” Sheikh Malek added.
He said he invited Weikert to visit Kuwait so as to follow up international and local tourneys, indicating that they agreed that ITTF will be responsible for holding any championship.
Sheikh Malek expressed his optimism about lifting the suspension, affirming that the country will take part in all international events which will be held until ITTF’s meeting slated for May 12.
He managed late Tuesday to cancel recommendations of ITTF’s executive bureau calling for suspending Kuwait’s participation in international events and delayed voting on this until May.
Malaysia is hosting ITTF’s General Assembly meeting to discuss some files, including the suspension on Kuwait’s activities, concurrently with the 54th World Team Table Tennis Championships.
The meeting was attended by ITTF deputy president Khalil al-Mohanadi of Qatar, African Table Tennis Federation President Khalid Al Salhi and Kuwaiti deputy ambassador to Malaysia Saleh Al-Thuwayed. (end) aab.hm