FIFA’s Sepp Blatter says IOC should abolish age restrictions

Aug 12, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports

Sepp Blatter, the head of FIFA, spoke out against the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC’s) age limits for members on Thursday, labeling the age restrictions discriminatory and “not normal.”

Under the current rules, any IOC member elected after December 1999 must retire by age 70. According to Blatter, such a limit is unfair:

We concluded that imposing an age limit is an act of discrimination. What needs to be changed can be done by a democratic way. 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 (Inside the Games).

Blatter’s opinion was echoed by Chang Ung, who even said that raising the age limit to 75 wouldn’t be good enough: “That is not enough. I am 76 but I work more now than ever before. The lifespan of humans is extending all the time.”

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[Source: Inside the Games]

Topics: FIFA, IOC, Sepp Blatter

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