Swiss Olympic Association honours Blatter

The Swiss Olympic Association has conferred honorary membership on FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter. Swiss Olympic President Jorg Schild presented the accolade on behalf of the body's Executive Council.

The Swiss Olympic Association is the umbrella organisation for Swiss sporting associations, representing both Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines. The honorary membership recognises the FIFA President's outstanding contribution to sport, and his efforts to achieve peace through football and provide developing nations with greater equality of opportunity.

Blatter, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since 1999, expressed warm thanks for the award. "Honorary membership from within football is good, but an honorary membership from Swiss Olympic and the Sport parliament is exceptional, and I am deeply moved," the FIFA President said.