Update August 3, 2015

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Blatter gives up IOC seat

Sumel Sarker

Re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter pauses during a news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, May 30, 2015.  Blatter has been re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term after Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al Hussein conceded defeat at the Congress of world football's governing body on Friday.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann       TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Blatter gives up IOC seat

03 August 2015, Nirapad News: Under pressure FIFA leader Sepp Blatter on Monday gave up his International Olympic Committee seat because he will soon end his reign in charge of world football.

Blatter, whose organization is embroiled in a corruption scandal, was among a group of eight IOC members who should have sought re-election on Monday at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.

He has said he will stand down as FIFA president on February 26 when an election for a new leader will be held.

IOC president Thomas Bach said that Blatter “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 thanked Blatter and other members leaving the IOC for their “great contribution” to the Olympic movement. Blatter, who has been an IOC member since 1999, did not attend the Kuala Lumpur meeting.

The FIFA president was part of an IOC commission that decided on reforms of the Olympic organization after it was hit by a bribery scandal over the Salt Lake City Winter Games in 2002.

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