Former IOC official to head FIFA’s reform panel

Zurich, Aug 11 (IANS) World football’s governing body FIFA on Tuesday appointed former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard as the independent chairman of its 2016 Reform Committee.

A renowned Swiss lawyer, he is known for driving IOC’s governance reforms after emergence of a corruption scandal for the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in 2002.

The 77-year-old will head an 11-member panel charged with undergoing structural reforms in the scandal-ridden FIFA.

“It is vital for the future of global football to restore the integrity and reputation of its governing body,” Carrard was quoted as saying by bbc.co.uk on Tuesday.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he is hopeful that the governing body will reclaim its lost credibility under Carrard.

“We are confident that he can help FIFA to strengthen its governance structures in a credible and meaningful way,” Blatter said.

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