19 Sep 2013

Law to limit sports bosses' time in charge in Brazil

1:31 pm on 19 September 2013

Leaders of Brazil's sporting confederations, many of whom have been in power for decades, will have their time in office restricted under new laws.

Brazil's Senate voted to ratify a bill that limits presidents of sporting confederations who receive public funding to a maximum of two terms in office.

The bill also obliges the federations to publish their annual accounts and include athletes in the decision-making process, amongst other conditions.

Three-times French Open tennis champion Gustavo Kuerten, 1994 football World Cup winners Rai and Mauro Silva as well as Popo, a former world champion boxer who is now a deputy, were all in the Senate to back the legislation.

The change comes amid increasing concerns about Brazil's preparations to host the 2014 football World Cup and 2016 Olympics.