Kuwait’s minister of commerce and industry has insisted the country is close to having FIFA and International Olympic Committee suspensions overturned.

The IOC banned Kuwait in October 2015 after accusing the Gulf state’s government of interfering in the dealings of its Olympic committee – a charge also levelled by FIFA against its Football Association.

The suspension meant that Kuwaiti athletes could not represent their nation at the Rio 2016 games, participating instead as neutrals under the Olympic flag.

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Fehaid Aldeehani therefore became the first independent athlete to win a gold medal after he won the men’s double trap shooting.

But there appears to be optimism that Kuwait will be welcomed back by the governing bodies after minister Khaled Al-Roudhan revealed that proposed amendments to the country’s Sports Law should placate FIFA and the IOC.

Al-Roudhan told state news agency KUNA that the changes had been submitted to the National Assembly for approval.