The president of FIFA will take a seat on the IOC for the first time in more than four years.
Gianni Infantino, who succeeded fellow Swiss Sepp Blatter as the head of world soccer’s governing body in February 2016, won another term as FIFA president in June. Blatter was relieved of his IOC membership in August 2015 in the midst of the FIFA bribery and money laundering scandal.
Infantino is proposed as a future IOC member along with Japanese NOC president Yasuhiro Yamashita and International Tennis Federation (ITF) president David Haggerty from the USA.
The three candidates were nominated by the IOC executive board, which concluded its three-day meeting on Thursday in Lausanne. The potential new members could be accepted into the IOC at next month’s session ahead of the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
Each of the three would become members based upon a function within an IF or NOC.
IOC president Thomas Bach said that World Athletics president Sebastian Coe was not put forth because of his position as executive chairman of the CSM sports consulting company, which is seen as a risk of potential conflict of interest to the IOC.
“These discussions are based on a decision by the IOC Ethics Commission since CSM is consulting a wide range of sports organizations and stakeholders of the Olympic Movement, including having contractual partnerships with the IOC itself,” Bach told media at the IOC’s new headquarters in Lausanne.
“Seb Coe, at the end of November, said at this moment he would not be able to address this issue in compliance with the IOC Ethics Commission, but that he continues to try and resolve this issue.”
Bach added that he is hopeful that the conflict of interest could be resolved over the next few months leaving the possibility for Coe to be put up for election to the membership at next summer’s Tokyo session.
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