Kuwait's Government has made another attempt to have their International Olympic Committee (IOC) and FIFA bans lifted temporarily after letters were reportedly sent to the bodies.
The country was suspended by the IOC in October 2015 for Government interference, with FIFA and numerous other International Federations swiftly following suit.
Kuwait currently look set to miss out on the right to compete at 2019 Asian Cup, with a deadline to be accepted as a member of FIFA due to expire tomorrow.
According to the Kuwait Times, head of the National Assembly’s Sports and Youth Committee Saadoun Hammad sent letters to both the IOC and FIFA, urging them to lift the sanction for six months until new legislation is approved by the Assembly.
This appears unlikely to be successful, with a similar move having fallen flat when the IOC confirmed last week the ban remained in place.
"The situation has significantly deteriorated over the past months due to a number of decisions taken in violation of the principles and rules of the Olympic Charter which has constrained the IOC to react accordingly and to reiterate its position," the IOC wrote to Kuwait’s Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al-Salem Al-Humoud Al-Sabah.
The IOC also demanded the authorities immediately reinstate the Kuwaiti Olympic Committee (KOC) and dissolve or dismiss any "parallel bodies/officers appointed by the Kuwaiti authorities that are not recognised by the IOC".
A number of MPs have reportedly claimed the latest effort will have no effect, but Hammad claimed the Assembly and the Government were cooperating to introduce the measures necessary to have the ban lifted.
He also suggested the IOC would be invited to take part in the law making process, according to the Kuwait Times.
A further proposal was made which would see the Government drop all legal cases against international sport organisations, as part of the process of having the ban lifted.
This would include the $1 billion (£804 million/€916 million) lawsuit brought about by Kuwaiti authorities against the IOC in November.
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) granted Kuwait an extended deadline after Sheikh Salman wrote to them asking for the governing body to "agree to temporarily lift the suspension imposed on Kuwaiti sport activity for enabling the Kuwaiti athletes to participate in the qualifiers for the 2019 Asian Cup".
They had initially been given until December 23 to fulfil the criteria for reinstatement into FIFA, which would then allow them to attempt to qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup.
Athletes from Kuwait were only able to compete at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro last year independently under the Olympic Flag as the Sports Ministry introduced a new law giving them the power to take over all sports bodies and National Federations, as well as being able to control decisions including appointments and financial matters.
The KOC had been dissolved following the passing of the new law along with national governing bodies for basketball, football, handball, judo and swimming.
All nine bodies had been replaced by "Interim Committees" led by figures seen as loyal to the Sports Ministry.
Both the IOC and FIFA threatened legal action against these rival bodies and claim they will never be recognised.
Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti IOC member and President of the Olympic Council of Asia and Association of National Olympic Committees, is also an AFC representative on the FIFA Council.
He is considered a rival of Sheikh Salman, his cousin, and their personal animosity is thought to have contributed to the recent struggles.
Sheikh Salman stood unsuccessfully in 2014 to replace Mexico's Olegario Vázquez Raña as President of the International Shooting Sport Federation, in an election where his defeat followed insidethegames revelations that he had been using his Government position to try to influence voters.
He blamed allies of Sheikh Ahmad for his defeat and this is thought to have prompted his subsequent support for the law changes.