Blat­ter gives up IOC seat


Un­der pres­sure FIFA leader Sepp Blat­ter on Mon­day gave up his In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee seat be­cause he will soon end his reign in charge of world football.

Blat­ter, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion is em­broiled in a cor­rup­tion scan­dal, was among a group of eight IOC mem­bers who should have sought re­elec­tion on Mon­day at a meet­ing in Kuala Lumpur. He has said he will stand down as FIFA pres­i­dent on Fe­bru­ary 26 when an elec­tion for a new leader will be held.

IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach


that Blat­ter "does not deem it to be ap­pro­pri­ate to stand for re-elec­tion for eight years know­ing that af­ter seven months his term would come to an end."

Bach thanked Blat­ter and other mem­bers leav­ing the IOC for their "great con­tri­bu­tion" to the Olympic move­ment. Blat­ter, who has been an IOC mem­ber since 1999, did not at­tend the Kuala Lumpur meet­ing.

The FIFA pres­i­dent was part of an IOC com­mis­sion that de­cided on re­forms of the Olympic or­gan­i­sa­tion af­ter it was hit by a bribery scan­dal over the Salt Lake City Win­ter Games in 2002.

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