Controversial new sports laws in Kuwait have officially come into effect ©Getty Images

Controversial new sports laws in Kuwait, which have been described as "human rights threatening" by critics, have officially come into effect amid the Gulf nation's continued exile from world sport.

The regulations have led to the country being banned from competing at next month's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro under their own flag, while they remain suspended from a number of global governing bodies, with FIFA and the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) among 15 International Federations to have banned the nation.

Kuwait responded last month by launching an audacious $1 billion (£7.5 million/€9 million) lawsuit against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) over their exclusion from Rio 2016.

They are seeking to reclaim damages from the IOC following their "outlaw" from the international sports scene.

Under the measures, the Public Sports Authority (PSA) gain the power to dissolve all sporting bodies, including the Kuwait Olympic Committee (KOC), as well as assuming control over all appointments and financial matters.

Those who refuse to comply could face jail terms of between one and three years, with the laws breaching strict IOC regulations on Government interference. 

"A person who, among other things, is deemed to have caused disruption or suspension of a sports body or who exercised powers of an existing sports body without authorisation from the Ministry can face a 1-3 year jail sentence," the laws state.

The new Statutes were proposed by PSA head Sheikh Salman al-Humoud Al-Sabah and were approved by 40 of the 46 members of the National Assembly in June.

It effectively dismissed any chance of Kuwait's suspension from the IOC being lifted before Rio 2016, with the Opening Ceremony scheduled for August 5.

Sheikh Salman came under fierce criticism from opponents of the Statute amendments, with some claiming the nature of the proposals was "unconstitutional".

Kuwait passed the laws despite the controversy last month ©Getty Images
Kuwait passed the laws despite the controversy last month ©Getty Images

Article 11 of the Statutes proposes that the PSA has the power to cancel any decision made by either the Board or General Assembly of the KOC or any club, National Federation or other sporting organisation.

Article 12 gives the PSA permission to dissolve any of these bodies in certain cases, including when it is in the "public interest" to do so.

Among the other statues is a provision, listed as article 27, which states: "All Sports Bodies shall be subject to the supervision and control of the competent Ministry in all administrative, financial and organisational aspects.

"In this respect, the competent Minister shall appoint specialised supervisors to carry out the control."

Kuwait's Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) director general Husain Al-Musallam told insidethegames after the statues had been passed that it was a "sad day for sport and the sports movement".

This is all seemingly connected to a personal feud between Sheikh Salman and his cousin Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti IOC member, who is also President of both the OCA, based in Kuwait City, and the Lausanne-based Association of National Olympic Committees.

Sheikh Salman resigned as head of the Asian Shooting Confederation last year after standing unsuccessfully against Mexico's Olegario Vazquez Raña to become head of the ISSF in 2014, an election he lost by 165 votes to 128.

insidethegames exclusively reported on the eve of the election that he had been allegedly using his Government position to illegally collect votes.

Sheikh Salman blamed Sheikh Ahmad for his defeat and for spreading these allegations.