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Feb 6, 2014 9:22 AM by Associated Press, PHOTO: IOC

Sepp Blatter wants IOC age limit scrappped

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says imposing age limits on sports administrators is an "act of discrimination."

The 77-year-old Swiss spoke out Thursday in a debate on whether to change the 70-year age limit for members of the International Olympic Committee.

While many members said the age should be raised to 75, Blatter said the rule should be scrapped altogether. Blatter became an IOC member in 1999, before the 70-year limit was enacted. He is eligible to serve until the age of 80.

Blatter says FIFA conducted its own study and found age limits were discriminatory.

He says members instead could be voted out democratically if change in membership is needed.

Blatter has hinted he could seek a fifth term as FIFA president in 2015.

The 70-year limit was brought in as one of the IOC reforms enacted in 1999 after the Salt Lake City bid scandal.

No decision will be made until the end of the year.

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