Sepp Blatter has hinted he could stand for a fifth term if he receives the backing of the member associations of soccer ruling body.
The head of the world football’s governing body, FIFA, had earlier stated that imposing age limit on sports administrators is an “act of discrimination” during a debate on whether to change the 70-year age limit for members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Thursday.
I’m in good health and I don’t see why I should now think about stopping the work. If the member associations ask me to be a candidate I would not say no… Blatter told Swiss public radio RTS on Friday.
While many members of the IOC said the age should be raised to 75, Blatter insists the rule should be scrapped altogether. He became an IOC member in 1999, before the 70-year limit was enacted. He is eligible to serve until the age of 80.
Blatter says FIFA conducted its own study and found age limits were discriminatory.
Members instead could be voted out democratically if change in membership is needed, according to the Swiss administrator.
Blatter was elected on 8 June 1998, succeeding João Havelange as the eighth president of the Federation of International Football Association and was re-elected in 2002, 2007 and 2011.