by Jeremy Mogi – EM TV Sports, Port Moresby
Amidst the corruption scandal that has rocked the Federation Internationale de Football Association or FIFA earlier this year, a glimpse of a positive outcome, with the announcement that the organisation is creating reforms.
As part of that reform, Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) director general Francois Carrard has been approached by global soccer body FIFA to head its Reform Task Force.
Carrard, who was IOC Director General from 1989 to 2003 brings a wealth of experience to the role, but hasn’t confirmed his decision.
FIFA, which has been engulfed by a corruption scandal, announced last month the creation of a new task force which will be made up of ten members nominated by the body’s regional confederations and which will be headed by a person from outside of the sport.
World Football’s governing body has been in a crisis since May, when nine soccer officials and five marketing executives were charged by the U.S. Justice Department in an indictment that outlined massive corruption, including bribes and kickbacks of more than $150 million over a 24 year period.
The arrests came after allegations of fraud and corruption claims had been made into the awarding of the next two world cups.
The arrests in a raid at a hotel in Zurich ,marked an unprecedented blow against the sport’s governing body FIFA, which for years, had been dogged by allegations of corruption, but always escaped major criminal cases. In the wake of the scandal, FIFA President Sepp Blatter has said he will stand down next February. Blatter, however has not been directly associated with these claims.