Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah is going to quit as the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) after International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach personally asked him to do so and not to stand for re-election.
A report published in a French investigative publication and German magazine has asserted Sheikh Ahmad was the victim of a covert campaign purportedly conducted by the Qatar-based NGO International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) to escalate the nation’s standing within the Olympic Movement at his expense.
Within a few years, the ICSS made its name in the global fight against corruption in sport. However, Football Leaks discloses a hidden side to this group which is financed by the Qatari state and which works with the United Nations, Sorbonne University in Paris, and the Council of Europe.
In 2015 April, former police officers working for the ICSS went to Lausanne to track one of the key figures in world sport, the Kuwaiti Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah. The ICSS covertly spied on Sheikh Ahmad and one of his key allies as part of a program titled “Operation Hawk”.
The ICSS investigators stole information from the laptops which belonged to Sheikh Ahmad during the operation, directed at installing Qatari officials in sporting positions belonging to the powerful Kuwaiti.
Sheikh Ahmad refuted of any wrongdoing. He also stepped down from his role as a member of FIFA’s ruling Council.
The latest accusation against Sheikh Ahmad is set to influence the agenda of a two-day IOC Executive Board meeting which is going to be held on 30th November and 1st December. The scandal that directed towards the IOC is the second of its kind in few months.
The controversial Qatar World Cup bid team broke the rules of Fifa’s by operating a secret “black operations” campaign to impair rivals who were contending to host the tournament.