(WFI) World football’s governing body can do more than the United Nations to change people’s lives, according to FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Protecting the autonomy of football from government interference and a move that could spell the end of football at the Olympics are among the agenda items for FIFA as it holds its annual congress for the first time in The Bahamas.
ATR is on the scene in Nassau
for the 2009 FIFA Congress. See the new FIFA Congress photo gallery on www.AroundTheRings.com.
FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-Joon says he’ll launch a campaign against Sepp Blatter’s new age limits…UEFA and FIFA want amendments to controversial whereabouts rule
A summit of European sports leaders at IOC headquarters in Switzerland is said to have helped open communications between the Olympic Movement and EU on the autonomy of sport from government interference.
FIFA is ready to open twin campaigns for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups…and a plan for team GB at the London Olympics is okayed. More inside from the Tokyo meeting of the FIFA Executive Committee.
FIFA reminds club teams they must release players younger than 23 for the Olympics … Brazilian star Ronaldinho says he will play in Beijing no matter what his club team wants … and FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has spoken with three alternates to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup but says only disaster will make the tournament move with less than two years to go. More FIFA news inside…