Kuwait to compete under own flag at Olympics

Kuwaiti athletes will be allowed to compete under their country's flag at the London Games.

The International Olympic Committee suspended Kuwait in 2010 because of political interference. The IOC said in May Kuwaiti athletes will be allowed to participate at the games despite the dispute, but would have to compete and march in the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Sunday the Kuwaiti flag will fly at the London Olympics.

The Kuwait News Agency praised the decision, which was announced a day after Kuwaiti officials met with the IOC President Jacques Rogge. The state-run news agency did not give details of the meeting.

Kuwait is sending 11 athletes to the Olympics that start July 27.