Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter gives up IOC membership

  • AP, Kuala Lumpur
  • Updated: Aug 03, 2015 17:43 IST

Outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter's 16-year term as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) member ended on Monday when the Swiss did not seek re-election.

Blatter was among a group of IOC members up for re-election for another eight-year term. But IOC President Thomas Bach said Blatter informed him by letter on July 23 that he would not stand again. "He 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 said on the final day of the IOC's general assembly in Kuala Lumpur.

Blatter, beset by a corruption scandal at Fifa and whose presidential term will end following a February 26 election, did not attend the IOC meetings in Kuala Lumpur.

The Fifa president, who usually attends the annual IOC meetings, has not been accused of wrongdoing but made the decision to resign in the wake of the arrest of some of his close associates in Zurich by Swiss police on behalf of US authorities in May. Seven soccer officials are facing corruption charges.

Blatter, an IOC member since 1999, would have had to retire from his IOC term next year anyway because he turns 80 in March. The IOC confirmed that Blatter's membership ended on Monday.

The other two members who were not re-elected - both due to age restrictions - were former World Archery president Jim Easton of the United States and Andres Botero of Colombia. Easton's departure leaves three IOC members from the United States - US Olympic Committee president Larry Probst, Anita DeFrantz, and Angela Ruggiero.

Elsewhere, 14 other IOC members were re-elected for eight-year terms, while Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden was re-elected to another four-year term on the IOC's executive board.

Two new members were elected Monday to the IOC: Nenad Lalovic of Serbia, head of wrestling's world governing body, and Diagna Ndiaye, president of Senegal's national Olympic committee.

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