FIFA President Blatter relinquishes IOC membership

Access to the comments Comments
By Euronews
FIFA President Blatter relinquishes IOC membership

<p><span class="caps">FIFA</span> President Sepp Blatter relinquished his ex officio <span class="caps">IOC</span> membership seven months before he is due to retire from his post, <span class="caps">IOC</span> President Thomas Bach said on Monday.</p> <p>Blatter would ordinarily have been re-elected for another eight-year term through standard procedure, but would have been required to stand down when he concludes his term as head of the international soccer federation next February.</p> <p>“Mr Blatter wrote me a letter on July 23 informing me that it would be inappropriate to seek another eight-year term as he was retiring from his position at <span class="caps">FIFA</span> in seven months when a new president will be selected on Feb. 26,” said Bach at the ongoing <span class="caps">IOC</span> session in Malaysia.</p> <p>The 79-year-old Swiss, however, would have still been forced to lay down his mandate next year when he attains the age of 80, the maximum age for <span class="caps">IOC</span> membership, even if elected for another eight year term.</p> <p>Blatter was re-elected as <span class="caps">FIFA</span> president for a fifth time on May 29 but announced he would stand down just four days later.</p> <p><span class="caps">FIFA</span> was thrown into turmoil days before the presidential election as numerous officials and marketing executives were arrested for bribery, money laundering and wire fraud, though Blatter himself was not indicted.</p>