Bach and Blatter (Getty)

(WFI) Sepp Blatter’s term as an IOC member, a position he has held since 1999, ended today.

Blatter had written a letter to IOC president Thomas Bach on July 23 indicating that he was not seeking re-election to the Olympic body at the IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur on Monday. He was set to leave the IOC in 2016 anyway when he turns 80. 

Blatter became an IOC member 16 years ago, a year after he was elected to the top job in world football.

A new FIFA president will be elected at an extraordinary congress in Zurich on Feb. 26 “so therefore he does not deem it appropriate to stand for re-election for eight years,” Bach told the IOC general assembly.

Blatter is not at the IOC Session in the Malaysian capital. The under-fire FIFA chief told the IOC he was unable to attend because he was working on a new reforms process to overhaul the governance of the scandal-hit world football federation.

Blatter was not among the group of retiring IOC members who were awarded the Olympic Order today.

His role as IOC representative on the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency is also set to come to an end. He has been on the board since 2007.

FIFA is engulfed in a $150 million bribery and corruption scandal – the biggest in its 11-year history. Fourteen FIFA officials and marketing executives were indicted on corruption charges on the eve of the FIFA Congress in May. Blatter was re-elected but four days later announced he would lay down his mandate at an extraordinary congress due to the escalating scandal.

Blatter is not currently under investigation. But separate inquiries by the US Justice Department into “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” corruption at FIFA and Swiss authorities probing the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar could yet implicate him.

By INSIDER editor Mark Bisson

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