Infantino, Coe 'Unlikely' To Be Nominated For IOC Membership
FIFA President Gianni Infantino and IAAF President Sebastian Coe are set to be "snubbed" by the IOC next month when the body is "likely to again overlook them for membership," according to Karolos Grohmann of REUTERS. Neither Infantino nor Coe are expected to be proposed for IOC membership despite taking up their posts two and three years ago, respectively, a source said. For years, membership of the IOC for the heads of football and athletics was seen as "almost automatic." But the two int'l federations "have been left out in the cold as they struggled with widespread corruption and doping scandals which tarnished their images." A source with knowledge of the membership procedure said, "My understanding is they will not be recommended." The source added that the IOC had discussed the matter of Infantino and Coe, and a final decision had yet to be taken but they were "unlikely" to be proposed for membership (REUTERS, 1/22).