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Infantino takes Blatter’s seat in the Olympic Committee after years

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The president of the International Football Association (FIFA) elected Jani Infantino Friday to the International Olympic Committee, to succeed his predecessor and fellow Joseph Blatter in the post he vacated about five years ago.

Infantino was one of three new members elected to the committee’s membership on the sidelines of its 135th meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The other two are American David Hagerty, President of the International Tennis Federation, and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yoshiro Yamashita.

Blatter, who was a member of the International Olympic Committee between 1999 and 2015, coincided with his assumption of the FIFA presidency, but he refrained from seeking renewal of his membership five years ago as the corruption scandals that shook the footballing body began to unfold, and led to the overthrow of large heads advanced by the former president of the Football Association.

Blatter remains suspended from engaging in any game-related activity, against the backdrop of an illegal push by former French European Union President Michel Platini.

Infantino, 49, was elected FIFA president in February 2016, and he was re-elected to a second term in June 2019.

In the commission elections today, Infantino won 63 votes out of 79 eligible members. Thirteen of them voted against him as a member, while three abstained.

The name of the head of the British International Athletics Federation, Sebastian Coe, was absent from the list of new members of the Olympic Committee, noting that it is accepted that the holder of this position in the Federation, a member of the committee.

German International Olympic Committee President Sebastian Bach has previously indicated that Ko’s non-candidacy was due to fear of a “conflict of interest” between his membership and his chairmanship of the board of directors of sports marketing firm CSM Sport.

“The door is still open for Sebastian Ko to join the International Olympic Committee in Tokyo,” Bach said, referring to the meeting that the committee will hold in the Japanese capital before the summer Olympics in July.

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