FIFA Infantino proposed as a member of the IOC, but not Sebastian Coe: Bach

LAUSANNE (Switzerland): FIFA president Gianni Infantino has been proposed for International Olympic Committee membership, but head of world athletics Sebastian Coe will have to wait due to a conflict of interest, president of the IOC Thomas Bach He said Thursday.

FIFA and World Athletics, the governing bodies of two of the most important sports of the Olympic Games, have been without membership since the departure of the IOC from their respective former presidents. Sepp Blatter and Lamine Diack in 2015.

For years, IOC membership for the heads of football and athletics was considered almost automatic.

However, the two international federations remained in the cold as they struggled with widespread corruption and the doping scandals that clouded their images. Diack, who has denied acting wrong, faces a corruption trial in France in January.

Bach said Infantino had been proposed for the election at his next session in January along with the head of the International Tennis Federation, David Haggerty, and the president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Yasuhiro Yamashita.

The world athletic chief, Coe, however, had not been proposed due to a conflict of interest.

We wanted him (Coe) to become a member of the IOC as president of one of our most important Olympic sports, Bach said. Since then we are in close consultation with him and since then we have addressed the risk of a possible conflict of interest that he may have.

In addition to his role in World Athletics, Coe is also president of the CSM consulting group, which also works with the IOC.

CSM is consulting several organizations and stakeholders, including contractual partnerships with the IOC.

Bach said Coe had informed them that he could not resolve this situation immediately, but that he was working on it. Bach said Coe could become a member in his session during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

He hopes to address it in a couple of months. So that would mean that the door is still open for Tokyo.

The IOC elects new members in its sessions once the Olympic body examines the candidates.