IAAF's Coe, FIFA's Infantino not on IOC members' list

Fri Jun 3, 2016 9:09am EDT
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By Karolos Grohmann

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) - The heads of world soccer's governing body FIFA and world athletics' IAAF were not included in a list of proposed new members for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Friday.

While IOC membership for either is not automatic through the presidencies of the federations, previous FIFA and IAAF presidents, representing two of the most powerful sports bodies in the world, had seats on the IOC table for decades.

The IOC proposed a total of eight members for election at its session in Rio de Janeiro in August.

They include South African film producer Anat Singh, Italian Ivo Ferriani, who heads the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation, former Finnish racewalker and politician Sari Essayah, Indian Nita Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians cricket team, and Canadian Olympic Committee President Tricia Smith.

"These eight candidates... are a strong and varied group of individuals that are experts in their respective fields and will make great contributions," IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters.

"They have been vetted by new criteria... these candidates will add extra strength and diversity to our already universal orchestra of IOC Members."

Infantino was elected head of FIFA in February to succeed scandal-plagued Sepp Blatter and lead the federation out of its biggest graft crisis.

He could now potentially face an investigation himself over what German newspaper Die Welt said were possible ethics breaches.   Continued...

Sebastian Coe, President of the IAAF, looks on during opening ceremonies for the IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships in Portland, Oregon March 17, 2016.   REUTERS/Mike Blake