Every country represented at London- 17 Jul 2012 00:00:00
All 204 National Olympic Committees eligible to compete at London 2012 will take part after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) lifted its two-year ban on Kuwait to compete under its own flag.
The IOC suspended the Gulf state 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 Olympic Athlete, however, after meetings between Kuwaiti officials and the IOC, the suspension has been lifted, it was announced here.
Kuwait's Minister of Communications and Acting Minister of Social Affairs and Labour, Salem Al-Otheina, had met with Jacques Rogge, the President of the IOC, during which he delivered a letter from Kuwait's Emir Sheik Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah.
In it, the Emir had pledged autonomy for the country's Olympic committee and promised new legislation for institutions governing sports.
Kuwait is sending 11 athletes to London, including two women - shooter Mariam Erzouqi and swimmer Faye Sultan.
It is only the second time that Kuwaiti women will compete at an Olympic Games since it made its debut at Mexico City in 1968.