IOC boss Bach says would welcome re­forms of FIFA

The China Post - - SPORTS -

In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee boss Thomas Bach would welcome FIFA fol­low­ing the IOC ex­am­ple by un­der­tak­ing far­reach­ing re­forms, as Sepp Blat­ter faces fresh calls to re­sign as pres­i­dent of soc­cer’s gov­ern­ing body, he said on Mon­day.

“The IOC car­ried out re­forms in many ar­eas 15 years ago,” IOC pres­i­dent Bach told the Camp Beck­en­bauer sports con­fer­ence in Kitzbue­hel, Aus­tria.

“If another sports or­ga­ni­za­tion wants to do the same, we wouldn’t mind and we’d even welcome it,” he added drily.

The Ger­man was re­fer­ring to the 1998 bribery scan­dal which rocked the IOC af­ter Salt Lake City was awarded the 2002 Win­ter Olympics and acted as a cat­a­lyst in forc­ing whole­sale changes to the or­ga­ni­za­tion with some IOC mem­bers ex­pelled.

Bach’s com­ments came af­ter four of FIFA’s main spon­sors called for Sepp Blat­ter to re­sign as pres­i­dent on Fri­day with the 79-year-old Swiss up for re­elec­tion next Fe­bru­ary.

The cri­sis in world soc­cer be­gan in May, when nine FIFA of­fi­cials and five sports mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives were charged by the U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment over bribery of­fenses worth more than US$150 mil­lion dat­ing back to 1991.

But Bach stopped short at crit­i­ciz­ing ei­ther FIFA or Blat­ter: “I will not judge any per­son or other or­ga­ni­za­tion here,” he said.

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