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FIFA Considering Abandoning Age Restrictions at Olympics

  • AP , Tuesday, June 16, 2009 3:30 PM
FIFA, soccer's world governing body, is considering abolishing age limits for the Olympics and barring all players with World Cup experience. FIFA president Sepp Blatter had initially suggested reducing the present under-23 limit, but Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, suggested that such a change would affect the quality of the Olympic competition and raised the prospect of cutting the tournament size. In response, Blatter has proposed reverting to the format employed at the 1984 and '88 Olympics.

"Everybody can play unless they have played in the World Cup," Blatter said. "At that time, it was with the exception of Africa and Asia, but now it must be for everybody." Blatter said he and FIFA vice president Issa Hayatou -- who heads the Confederation of African Football and is a member of the International Olympic Committee -- will be part of a task force that will discuss the plan.

 

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