Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah has been re-elected president of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for an eighth term despite being embroiled in a forgery case brought by Swiss investigators.
(Source: AP file)Advertising:The long-serving Kuwaiti, a powerful ally of International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach, was re-elected unanimously at the OCA general assembly in Bangkok, the OCA has said.
An IOC member since 1992, Sheikh Ahmad stepped down from his roles in the global Olympic body in November, less than two weeks after the Public Prosecutor of Geneva submitted a forgery accusation to a criminal court against the Kuwaiti and four others.Sheikh Ahmad had been head of Olympic Solidarity the multi-million dollar IOC purse that funds sports projects globally and the head of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).Sheikh Ahmad has proclaimed his innocence and said in November that the Swiss court case had nothing to do with sport or corruption.The OCA said Japanese Olympic Committee president Tsunekazu Takeda had been retained as an OCA Vice President despite being at the centre of a corruption probe brought by French financial prosecutors.French investigators are probing a multi-million dollar payment made by Japans 2020 Olympic bidding committee to a Singaporean consultancy and placed Takeda under formal investigation on Dec. 10, a French judicial source told Reuters in January.

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