IOC boss Bach says would welcome reforms of FIFA
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.