By Duncan Mackay at the Radisson Blu Resort & Congress Centre in Sochi

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed the IOC Session in Sochi ©Getty ImagesFebruary 6 - FIFA President Sepp Blatter today led calls for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to scrap its age limits for members, claiming they should be voted out only if they are incapable of performing their duties.

Raising the age limit until at least 75 is expected to be among the proposals adopted following two days of discussion at the IOC Session here on "Olympic Agenda 2020", the blueprint for the Movement and the running of the Games that new President Thomas Bach wants adopting.

Currently, any members elected after December 1999 must step down at the age of 70.

Blatter claimed FIFA had conducted its own study and found age limits could be discriminatory and the IOC should scrap them.

"We concluded that imposing an age limit is an act of discrimination," Blatter told delegates.

"What needs to be changed can be done by a democratic way.

"Simply not elect a member not because of age but because they are not able to do the work.

"It is not normal to impose age limits."

Blatter is expected to stand for a fifth term as FIFA President when his current mandate expires next year.

But, under the current rules, the Swiss would have to step down as an IOC member in March 2016 when he turns 80, the mandatory retirement age for those elected before December 1999 when new rules were introduced in the wake of the Salt Lake City scandal. 

Sepp Blatter, seen here embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin watched by IOC chief Thomas Bach, does not believe anyone should be forced to step down because of their age ©Getty Images Sepp Blatter, seen here embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin watched by IOC chief Thomas Bach, does not believe anyone should be forced to step down because of their age ©Getty Images

The question of the age limit is seen as one of the most pressing by many IOC members, who want it changed at the IOC Extraordinary Session in Monte Carlo on December 6 and 7. 

North Korea's Chang Ung, who joined the IOC in 1996 claimed members should be able to stay on longer.

"That is not enough," he told the Session.

"I am 76 but I work more now than ever before.

"The lifespan of humans is extending all the time."

Today's discussion had been proceeded by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing the Session.

It was the first time that a UN Secretary-General had attended an IOC Session and Ki-moon took the opportunity to praise the joint efforts of the UN and the IOC to use sport as a tool for social change, describing the two organisations as teammates.

"That team - the United Nations and the IOC - are not competing on the ski slopes or skating rinks," he said.

"We are joining our forces together for our shared ideals.





"The fundamental equality of all people.

"The athletes here carry the flags of different nations - but they are all joining under the banner of equality, fair play, understanding and mutual respect.

"Their histories, traditions and day-to-day lives offer a wonderful parade of human diversity.

"And the athletes send a unified message that people and nations can put aside their differences.

"If they can do that in Sochi's sporting arenas, leaders of fighters should do the same in the world's combat areas."

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