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IOC strips Kuwait shooting event of Olympic status over visa denial

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Berlin (dpa) - The Asian shooting championships in Kuwait has had its Olympic qualification status revoked after a shooting federation delegate from Israel was denied a visa to enter the country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board said the decision was against "the non-discrimination principle of the Olympic Charter."

Technical delegate Yair Davidovich was due to supervise the event on behalf of the International Sports Shooting Federation (ISSF) but was denied a visa by the Kuwaiti immigration department, the IOC said.

The Asian shooting championship is taking place in Kuwait City from Sunday to November 12.

The decision came after the IOC Tuesday suspended Kuwait‘s Olympic Committee because of government interference, following legislation threatening the autonomy of the KOC.

While the KOC is suspended, athletes are banned from competing and the KOC will be banned from receiving funding from the Olympic movement.

World football governing body FIFA suspended the Kuwait Football Association for similar reasons on October 16.

As a result, Kuwaiti football teams are barred from international competition and the KFA is prevented from participating in FIFA and Asian Football Confederation development programmes.

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