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KUALA LUMPUR, August 3. /TASS/. FIFA President Joseph Blatter has informed the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach that he is not going to take part in the next elections of the organization’s members. Bach said as much during the 128th IOC session under way in Kuala Lumper, which Blatter was to be reelected member of the International Olympic Committee. Blatter himself is absent from the session.
"Mr.Blatter wrote to me on July 23 that he was stepping down as the FIFA President and would not take part in the elections," Bach said.
Blatter will have to resign as a member of the International Olympic Committee next year, since he will turn 80, which is the maximum age the organization’s members.
"I think we should thank him for his outstanding services," Bach noted.
An unprecedented corruption scandal flared up in FIFA on morning of May 27, one day before the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich, as seven of the organization’s high-ranking officials were arrested in Switzerland on bribery, money laundering and corruption charges. The scandal involves two separate criminal proceedings.
Shortly after FIFA President Joseph Blatter announced his plans to resign. Blatter, 79, was reelected for his fifth consecutive four-year presidential term on May 29, when his only rival Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan pulled out after the first round of vote. However, addressing a news conference in Zurich on June 2, Blatter said he decided to lay down his mandate at FIFA extraordinary elective Congress.