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FIFA: Blatter wants IOC age limits scrapped

Age limits International Olympic Committee (IOC) - Sepp Blatter, the president of football’s global governing body, FIFA, has called for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to scrap its age limits for candidates seeking the committee's posts.

Blatter, 77, said that a study by FIFA had found that age limits could be discriminatory. He added that members should only be voted out if they are incapable of performing their duties, according to UK-based body, SportsBusiness.

“We concluded that imposing an age limit is an act of discrimination. What needs to be changed can be done by a democratic way,” Blatter told an IOC session in Sochi, Russia, ahead of the start of the winter Olympic Games Sunday.

He said: “Simply not elect a member not because of age but because they are not able to do the work. It is not normal to impose age limits.”

Under changes implemented following the Salt Lake City winter Olympic Games voting scandal, IOC members must resign at the age of 70 if they joined after the beginning of 1999, while members who joined before then can serve until they are 80.

A decision on whether to change the age limit could be taken in December 2014.

Under current rules, Blatter must step down from the IOC in three years’ time, but North Korea's Chang Ung, 76, echoed the FIFA president’s words by saying that members should be allowed to stay on longer.

“I am 76 but I work more now than ever before,” he said. “The lifespan of humans is extending all the time.”

Pana 09/02/2014