FIFA president Sepp Blatter has opted against renewing his role within the International Olympic Committee, with his eight-year term officially ending today.
The 79 year-old has been under intense pressure over the last few months, due to the corruption scandal that seems to have damaged FIFA’s reputation on a global scale. Despite being reelected as president for the fifth time, Blatter announced his decision to resign from his FIFA role recently, in the midst of all the fracas.
That decision seems to have also influenced his spot in the IOC, as he confirmed his intention to relinquish it through an official letter on the 23rd of July.
“He 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,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.
Blatter will however continue his role with FIFA for the time being, with fresh elections scheduled to take place in February 2016.