6 Dec 2011

IOC confirms Havelange resignation

7:45 am on 6 December 2011

The former long-serving FIFA president Joao Havelange has resigned from the International Olympic Committee days before an inquiry into his conduct.

The IOC has confirmed that it has received the resignation letter from the 95 year old Brazilian who has been under an IOC investigation into his links with FIFA's former marketing agency International Sport and Leisure which went bankrupt in 2001 with debts of nearly 400-million dollars.

A BBC Panorama television programme alleged in 2010 that Havelange had accepted money from ISL in exchange for granting lucrative World Cup contracts.

Havelange, who joined the IOC in 1963, still enjoys considerable respect within the organisation.