Infantino and Coe face IOC snub – source

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(Reuters) – The presidents of world soccer and world athletics are set to be snubbed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) next month when the body is likely to again overlook them for membership, a source told Reuters on Monday.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during the Dubai International Sports Conference in Dubai, UAE December 28, 2017. REUTERS/Satish Kumar

Neither FIFA chief Gianni Infantino nor IAAF counterpart Sebastian Coe are expected to be proposed for IOC membership despite taking up their posts two and three years ago respectively, the source said.

For years, membership of the IOC for the heads of soccer and athletics was seen as almost automatic.

But the two international federations – among the Olympics’ most popular sports – have been left out in the cold as they struggled with widespread corruption and doping scandals which tarnished their images.

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