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Olympics: Fifa boss Blatter wants IOC age limit removed

Published on Feb 6, 2014 7:16 PM

SOCHI (REUTERS) - World football boss Sepp Blatter wants the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to scrap its age limits for members, saying they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties.

Changes implemented in the wake of the Salt Lake City Winter Games bribery scandal mandate that IOC members must resign at 70 if they joined from 1999 onwards. Members who joined before 1999 have an age limit of 80.

The 77-year-old Blatter, who has been an ex-officio IOC member since 1999 following his election to the Fifa presidency a year earlier, has yet to decide whether he will run for another term as head of world football's governing body.

The age limits apply only to individual, not ex-officio, IOC members.

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