FIFA President Sepp Blatter has given up his International Olympic Committee ex officio membership, seven months before he finally quits as the head of world soccer governing body, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Monday.
Blatter, who would ordinarily have been re-elected for another term at the ongoing IOC Session in Malaysia, gave up his position because he will still be required to leave the position once his time at FIFA ends in February.
The 79-year-old Swiss was re-elected for a fifth term as FIFA president in Zurich on May 29, but announced he would give up his mandate just four days later in the wake of the worst crisis in the soccer authority’s history.
FIFA was thrown into turmoil after over a dozen officials were indicted by the United States on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges.
Although Blatter has not been accused of any wrongdoing, his stewardship has been heavily criticised and his troubled reign, that began in 1998, will come to an end when he is replaced by the winner of FIFA’s next presidential election on February 26, reports Reuters.
The Swiss has been an ex officio IOC member since 1999.
“Mr Blatter wrote me a letter on July 23 informing me that it would be inappropriate to seek another eight-year term as he was retiring from his position at FIFA in seven months when a new president will be selected on February 26,” Bach said.