Lausanne: FIFA president Gianni Infantino was on Friday elected as a member of the Worldwide Olympic Committee, ending a five-year interval when soccer had no illustration within the Olympic physique.
File picture of Gianni Infantino. Reuters
FIFA and World Athletics, the worldwide governing our bodies of two of the largest sports activities within the Olympics, had been absent from the IOC because the departure of their respective former presidents Sepp Blatter and Lamine Diack in 2015.
Each former presidents have been concerned in corruption investigations, prompting the IOC to delay their successors’ inclusion as members.
World Athletics continues to be with out an IOC member after the Olympic physique determined final month to delay the inclusion of its president Sebastian Coe as a consequence of what the IOC stated was a battle of curiosity.
Infantino was elected as a member with 63 in favour and 13 in opposition to. He joins Worldwide Tennis Federation chief David Haggerty and Japanese Olympic Committee president Yasuhiro Yamashita because the IOC’s newest members.
For many years previous to 2015, membership of the IOC for the heads of soccer and athletics was nearly computerized.
But the 2 worldwide federations had been omitted within the chilly as they struggled with widespread corruption and doping scandals which tarnished their photographs.
Diack, who has denied wrongdoing, faces a corruption trial in France later in January.
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