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Powerful Sheikh steps aside from IOC after forgery charge

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World sport powerbroker Sheikh Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah said he was "temporarily" stepping aside from his International Olympic Committee duties on Monday after the Kuwaiti was charged with forgery in Switzerland.The Kuwaiti, one of the most influential figures in international sport, said he "strenuously denies any wrongdoing", calling the allegations "maliciously motivated by political factions within Kuwait". Sheikh Ahmad said he would put his work with the IOC on hold until he had been investigated by the body's ethics commission. "Sheikh Ahmad has today decided to step aside temporarily from his roles and responsibilities as an IOC member and chairman of Olympic Solidarity Commission, pending the outcome of an IOC Ethics Commission hearing," said a statement from his office.

The decision came after it was revealed at the weekend that Sheikh Ahmad and four other men -- three of them lawyers -- had been charged over an intricate forgery scheme linked to his efforts to prove that Kuwait's former prime minister and speaker of parliament were guilty of coup-plotting and corruption.

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