Amid legal tussle, Sheikh Ahmad steps aside as head of ANOC
The head of the umbrella organisation of national Olympic committees (ANOC) has stepped aside from his role amid an ongoing legal case in Switzerland, the IOC said in a statement on Monday.
The IOC said it had taken note of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah's decision to "temporarily suspend himself from his role and responsibilities within ....ANOC," a decision that will take effect from Wednesday.
The Kuwaiti last week denied wrongdoing and said the allegations against him were politically motivated. He did not give further details.
"The IOC Executive Board emphasises that the presumption of innocence prevails and recognises that Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has taken the correct course of action with regard to the Olympic Movement," the IOC statement said.
(Reporting by Brian Homewood, editing by Ed Osmond)