Short biography of interim FIFA president Hayatou
Issa Hayatou was born in Cameroon on 9 August 1946 and enjoyed a successful career as an athlete, having played football in university and having been a member of both his country’s athletics and basketball senior national teams.
A physical education teacher, Hayatou took an important step in his administrative career in football at the age of 28, when he became the General Secretary of the Cameroon Football Federation – an institution he would go on to chair between 1985 and 1988. In 1988 he was elected as CAF President (Confédération Africaine de Football), a title he still holds today, and two years later he joined the FIFA Executive Committee. The Cameroonian has also been a member of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) since 2001 and has been serving as a FIFA vice-president since 1992.
On 8 October 2015, given the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee to provisionally ban Joseph S. Blatter from all football activities on a national and international level, Issa Hayatou assumed the Office of FIFA President on an interim basis, as the longest-serving vice-president on FIFA’s Executive Committee – according to article 32 (6) of the FIFA Statutes.
FIFA Statement on Joseph S Blatter –
Today, in accordance with FIFA’s Code of Ethics, Joseph S. Blatter was relieved of all his duties as FIFA President following the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee to provisionally ban him from all football activities on a national and international level.
Issa Hayatou statement after assuming the office of FIFA president
Today, amid extraordinary circumstances, I have assumed the office of FIFA President pursuant to Article 32 (6) of the FIFA Statutes. I will serve only on an interim basis. A new President will be chosen by the Extraordinary Congress on 26 February 2016. I myself will not be a candidate for that position.
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