SAO PAULO (AP) — Former FIFA President Joao Havelange is not expected to attend the International Olympic Committee session in South Africa next week.
As the IOC looks into corruption allegations against the committee’s longest-serving member, his spokesman tells The Associated Press that it’s “almost certain” that Havelange won’t make the trip to Durban for the IOC meeting that will decide the host of the 2018 Winter Games.
Sergio Martins says the 95-year-old Havelange will stay in Brazil because a family member is scheduled to undergo surgery in the coming days. Martins did not elaborate.
The BBC reported that Havelange received a $1 million kickback in 1997 when he was FIFA president.
Havelange has denied any wrongdoing.