Influential Kuwaiti sports administrator Sheikh Ahmad al-Sabah has stood down as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) while he faces allegations of forgery.
Sheikh Ahmas has agreed to suspend his work with the IOC while its ethics commission investigates the allegations by Swiss prosecutors that he forged videos.
The Kuwaiti has been an IOC member since 1992 and has also been involved with FIFA, making him one of the most powerful figures in international sport.
He remained a member of both organisations while they banned Kuwait in 2015, accusing the country of political interference in sport.
Sheikh Ahmad left FIFA last year after he was linked to a case of bribery in the global football organisation. He denied any involvement but stood down from FIFA’s ruling council.
Don't believe Sheikh Ahmad's + IOC's propaganda, Swiss criminal indictment has 'nothing to do' with Olympics. connection between Sheikh's offenses in Kuwait and the suspension of KUW federations+NOC – Hickey, Husain, Diack etc involved.
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— Jens Weinreich (@JensWeinreich) November 20, 2018
He now stands accused, with four other men, of making fake videos that reportedly showed former Kuwaiti prime minister and other government officials as being guilty of corruption.
A statement from Sheikh Ahmad’s office said: “Sheikh Ahmad has every confidence and trust in the Swiss courts and IOC Ethics Commission’s impartial due processes and that he will be completely exonerated.”
Sheikh Ahmad stressed that his stepping down from the IOC was temporary and he intends to return to the role following the investigation.
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