International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach called on FIFA to find “a credible external presidential candidate of high integrity” in a statement Thursday, after FIFA suspended president Sepp Blatter and others for 90 days or longer.
Blatter is an IOC member as long as he’s FIFA’s president, or until March 10, when he reaches the age limit of 80.
UEFA president Michel Platini, who had been favored to take over as FIFA’s leader, was also suspended 90 days. Platini played for the French soccer team at the 1976 Olympics and helped light the Albertville 1992 Winter Olympic cauldron.
Enough is enough. We hope that now, finally, everyone at FIFA has at last understood that they cannot continue to remain passive. They must act swiftly to regain credibility because you cannot forever dissociate the credibility of FIFA from the credibility of football.
FIFA must realise that this is now about more than just a list of candidates. This is also a structural problem and will not be solved simply by the election of a new President.
They must do two things immediately: they must accelerate and deepen the reform process in order to comply with accountability, transparency and all the principles of good governance, as expressed in our reform programme, Olympic Agenda 2020.
They should also be open for a credible external presidential candidate of high integrity, to accomplish the necessary reforms and bring back stability and credibility to FIFA.
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter will not be present at an International Olympic Committee meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next week, according to The Associated Press, when the 2022 Winter Olympic host city will be decided in an IOC members vote.
Either Almaty, Kazakhstan, or Beijing will host the 2022 Winter Olympics after a July 31 vote.
Blatter is an IOC member as long as he is FIFA’s president, or until he reaches the IOC member age limit of 80.
The Swiss announced June 2 he would step down as FIFA’s president. On Monday, it was announced that FIFA’s presidential election would be Feb. 26, two weeks before Blatter turns 80.
Blatter has cut back on travel during an investigation into FIFA corruption. He did not attend the Women’s World Cup final July 5 in Vancouver.
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FIFA president Sepp Blatter said “consultations” are starting on moving the 2022 Qatar World Cup to the winter, but that it won’t overlap with the 2022 Olympics.
“It can only be done in November-December, not January-February,” Blatter told reporters in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Friday, according to Agence France-Presse.
Blatter is also an International Olympic Committee member. Earlier this week, winter sports federations expressed concern about a possible World Cup in November.
Potential host cities for the 2022 Olympics must submit bids by Thursday to the International Olympic Committee. So far, the following cities have said they will bid or officially bid:
Krakow, Poland/Jasna, Slovakia
Munich will decide if it will bid Sunday, and Stockholm hopes to announce its decision by Tuesday, according to Inside the Games.