FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has been named as the person expected to wield the greatest influence in the Olympic Movement in 2010.
Blatter topped the annual Around the Rings 'Golden 25', which for the past 14 years has listed the most important and powerful figures in the Olympic Movement. The FIFA President even squeezed his International Olympic Committee (IOC) counterpart, Jacques Rogge, into second place in the ATR ranking.
ATR editor Ed Hula explained that this year’s historic FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa – the first ever on the African continent - could have a major bearing in the race for to land the 2020 Olympic Games. As Hula said: “If the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa is a success, the country is clearly in the running for the 2020 Olympics. Rio de Janeiro called for the first Games in South America and succeeded. We could see this happen with Africa.”
Blatter has served as an IOC member since 1999.
Around the Rings is merely the latest publication to honour the FIFA President in this way. Only last month, Blatter topped a poll in Sportsbusiness International Magazine to find sport’s most influential man. The FIFA President, who is ranked at number 53 in the Forbes’ list of the world's most powerful people, was also named by EUROSOCCER as Switzerland’s most influential person in November.