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Jun 11, 2015

Soccer-Champagne ponders FIFA presidential bid, calls for voting system reform

ZURICH, June 11 (Reuters) – Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne said he is considering whether to make another run for the presidency of soccer`s global governing body and called for whoever gets the job to heal the rift between Europe and the rest of the world.

The Frenchman, who was a diplomat until he played an official role in the 1998 World Cup in France, warned that the majority of FIFA’s members would not accept it if the game fell under control of what he described as the G7, meaning wealthy European federations and clubs.

Jun 11, 2015

Analysis – FIFA to hold new election but under same old rules

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA began the process of finding a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday with the same system which has caused problems in the past.

In the race to become only the ninth president in the scandal-plagued federation’s 111-year history, there is a big risk that once again it will be a question of who can promise the most development funds to the 209 member associations, many of them from smaller countries, who each hold one vote in the presidential election.

Jun 11, 2015

FIFA to hold new election but under same old rules

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA began the process of finding a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday with the same system which has caused problems in the past.

In the race to become only the ninth president in the scandal-plagued federation’s 111-year history, there is a big risk that once again it will be a question of who can promise the most development funds to the 209 member associations, many of them from smaller countries, who each hold one vote in the presidential election.

Jun 10, 2015

Analysis – FIFA to hold new election but concerns it under old rules

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA began the process of finding a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday with the same system which has caused problems in the past.

In the race to become only the ninth president in the scandal-plagued federation’s 111-year history, there is a big risk that once again it will be a question of who can promise the most development funds to the 209 member associations, many of them from smaller countries, who each hold one vote in the presidential election.

Jun 10, 2015

FIFA to hold new election but concerns it under old rules

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – FIFA began the process of finding a replacement for outgoing president Sepp Blatter on Wednesday with the same system which has caused problems in the past.

In the race to become only the ninth president in the scandal-plagued federation’s 111-year history, there is a big risk that once again it will be a question of who can promise the most development funds to the 209 member associations, many of them from smaller countries, who each hold one vote in the presidential election.

Jun 8, 2015

IOC still concerned about Rio water pollution

LAUSANNE (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is still concerned about the water pollution in Rio de Janeiro barely one year before it hosts the Olympic Games, its president Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Rio de Janeiro had originally pledged to reduce pollution in the notoriously fetid Guanabara Bay by 80 percent but officials confirmed in March that the target will not be reached.

Jun 8, 2015

Olympics-IOC still concerned about Rio water pollution

LAUSANNE, June 8 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Comittee (IOC) is still concerned about the water pollution in Rio de Janeiro barely one year before it hosts the Olympic Games, its president Thomas Bach said on Monday.

Rio de Janeiro had originally pledged to reduce pollution in the notoriously fetid Guanabara Bay by 80 percent but officials confirmed in March that the target will not be reached.

Jun 8, 2015

Bach warns FIFA that reforms will be painful

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach encouraged FIFA to continue with its reforms on Monday but warned soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body that the process would be painful.

Bach added that he did not want to give advice to FIFA and pointed out that the structures of the two organizations were enormously different and difficult to compare.

Jun 8, 2015

Soccer-Bach warns FIFA that reforms will be painful

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, June 8 (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach encouraged FIFA to continue with its reforms on Monday but warned soccer’s scandal-plagued governing body that the process would be painful.

Bach added that he did not want to give advice to FIFA and pointed out that the structures of the two organisations were enormously different and difficult to compare.

Jun 7, 2015

IOC suspends recognition of SportAccord

LAUSANNE (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Sunday suspended its recognition of SportAccord, whose president Marius Vizer resigned last month after sparking a row over the control of international sports federations.

Vizer had challenged the IOC’s grip on global sports, accusing it of being dated and blocking the creation of new events as well as lacking transparency.