July 14 Kuwait will be allowed to raise its
national flag and play its anthem during the Olympic Games in
London, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday
after resolving a dispute with the Gulf state over its
The IOC suspended Kuwait in 2010, saying there was evidence
of political interference in the country's sports movement.
It said in May that Kuwaiti competitors could only
participate under the Olympic flag with the title "Independent
But after meetings between Kuwaiti officials and the IOC,
the suspension has been lifted, the Olympics body said.
"I can confirm Kuwait's National Olympic Committee (NOC)
will be fully represented in London with flags and anthems," IOC
Director of Communication Mark Adams said in an e-mailed
The IOC had said Kuwait needed to take steps to ensure the
independence of its sports movement before the suspension could
The small Kuwaiti Olympic team includes two women - shooter
Mariam Erzouqi and swimmer Faye Sultan. It is only the second
time that Kuwaiti women will compete at an Olympic Games.
The first woman to compete for Kuwait at the Olympics was
Danah al-Nasrallah who took part in the 100m in 2004.
The London Games start on July 27.
(Editing by Justin Palmer)