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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.

Jun 7, 2015

Olympics-IOC suspends recognition of SportAccord

LAUSANNE, June 7 (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.

Jun 5, 2015

Analysis – Europe’s football body gloats at FIFA’s fall but has its own critics

ZURICH (Reuters) – European football’s governing body UEFA has long led the opposition to the global game’s boss Sepp Blatter, so it’s no surprise that its officials have taken the moral high ground as corruption scandals brought the FIFA president down.

UEFA president Michel Platini, a former player who describes himself as a romantic, says the goings on at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters turn his stomach.

Jun 5, 2015

Europe’s soccer body gloats at FIFA’s fall but has its own critics

ZURICH (Reuters) – European soccer’s governing body UEFA has long led the opposition to the global game’s boss Sepp Blatter, so it’s no surprise that its officials have taken the moral high ground as corruption scandals brought the FIFA president down.

UEFA president Michel Platini, a former player who describes himself as a romantic, says the goings on at FIFA’s Zurich headquarters turn his stomach.

Jun 3, 2015

Players’ union says Blatter’s successor not most pressing issue

ZURICH (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter’s successor as FIFA president is not the most urgent issue facing football and the sport should no longer exist in a “bubble”, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Wednesday.

“The election of a new FIFA President is not the most pressing issue up for debate in the coming months,” said FIFPro, which represents 60,000 professional footballers worldwide.

Jun 3, 2015

Soccer-Players’ union says Blatter’s successor not most pressing issue

ZURICH, June 3 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter’s successor as FIFA president is not the most urgent issue facing football and the sport should no longer exist in a “bubble”, the world players’ union FIFPro said on Wednesday.

“The election of a new FIFA President is not the most pressing issue up for debate in the coming months,” said FIFPro, which represents 60,000 professional footballers worldwide.

Jun 3, 2015

Blatter quits FIFA; under investigation by U.S. prosecutors, FBI

ZURICH/NEW YORK, June 2 (Reuters) – Sepp Blatter rocked the world of soccer on Tuesday by saying he would step down as FIFA president in the wake of a corruption investigation that now includes the 79-year-old chief himself.

Blatter, who has led soccer’s world governing body since 1998, is being investigated by U.S. prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a person who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters late on Tuesday. An FBI spokesman declined comment.