Pre­vi­ous Fifa and IAAF pres­i­dents had seats at the IOC ta­ble for decades

New Straits Times - - Sport -

THE pres­i­dents of world soc­cer body Fifa and the in­ter­na­tional athletics fed­er­a­tion IAAF have not been pro­posed for ap­point­ment to the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee when the IOC ses­sion votes in new mem­bers in Septem­ber.

IAAF chief Seb Coe and Fifa’s Gianni In­fantino were passed over for a sec­ond year run­ning as they bat­tle dop­ing and cor­rup­tion scan­dals in their fields.

Pre­vi­ous Fifa and IAAF pres­i­dents had seats at the IOC ta­ble for decades.

The IOC’s nine pro­posed new mem­bers, named on Fri­day, in­clude Luis Me­jia Oviedo, head of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic’s Olympic com­mit­tee, Khun­y­ing Patama Leeswad­trakul, Thai en­tre­pre­neur and head of her country’s bad­minton fed­er­a­tion, Ing­mar De Vos, In­ter­na­tional Eques­trian Fed­er­a­tion chief, and Jean-Christophe Rol­land, world row­ing pres­i­dent.

The IOC gave no rea­son for the ex­clu­sion of Coe and In­fantino, who rep­re­sent two of the big­gest fed­er­a­tions of the Games.

The IOC also said Sam­sung Chair­man Lee Kun-hee would not be up for mem­ber­ship re-elec­tion at Septem­ber’s ses­sion in Peru at his fam­ily’s re­quest due to ill­ness.

The South Korean had been an IOC mem­ber since 1996 and played a key role in help­ing Pyeongchang win the 2018 win­ter Olympics. He was sus­pended for two years af­ter be­ing em­broiled in a com­pany scan­dal and was re­in­stated as IOC mem­ber in 2010.

In­fantino was elected head of Fifa in 2016 to suc­ceed scan­dalplagued Sepp Blat­ter and lead the fed­er­a­tion out of its big­gest graft cri­sis.

Former dou­ble Olympic cham­pion Coe took over the IAAF in 2015 as a dop­ing scan­dal un­folded, se­verely dam­ag­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Coe trig­gered the ire of the IOC when the IAAF blocked Rus­sian track and field ath­letes from com­pet­ing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics last year over the dop­ing af­fair.

Coe’s pre­de­ces­sor Lamine Di­ack faces a bribery and em­bez­zle­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion in France.

Both Blat­ter and Di­ack were IOC mem­bers until 2015. Blat­ter’s pre­de­ces­sor at Fifa, Joao Have­lange, was an IOC mem­ber from 1963 to 2011.

Di­ack’s pre­de­ces­sor, Primo Ne­bi­olo, was also an IOC mem­ber. Reuters

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