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Zurich: In a bid to end the ongoing culture of corruption for years now, FIFA approved the implementation of major reforms at a congress on Friday.

Political interference and conflicts of interest in executive decision making are the two factors responsible for leading FIFA into crisis.

The reforms are seen as an effort by this world football federation and include measures adopted by 179 members while 22 voted against and six abstained at the congress in Zurich.

One of the most significant measures includes changes in the role of FIFA’s president and its executive committee with the president’s job altered to function like a corporate chairman of the board, providing strategic guidance but with less management authority.

We take a look at other reforms which are to be implemented:

  • A replacement for FIFA’s disgraced president Sepp Blatter will also be reflected.
  • A committee headed by Swiss lawyer Francois Carrard developed the reforms. Carrard was earlier handed down with a similar cleanup effort at the International Olympic Committee more than a decade ago.
  • Operating similar to a corporate board of directions, FIFA’s executive committee has been re-branded as a FIFA council. Also, FIFA’s secretary general who previously came second to the president will serve as world football’s CEO.
  • Presidential terms along with those of council members will be limited to three consecutive four-year terms only.
  • Keeping in mind the improvement of financial transparency at the multi-billion dollar organisation, several measures were also approved.
  • Revenues and compensation for senior officials will be published while auditing will be more independent and more robust.
  • Considered as bloated and wasteful, the number of commissions has been cut from 26 to 9.
  • The role of women in global football governance to be expanded with at least one woman required on the council of each national federation.

Arguing the period of crisis to be a wrong time to push through a major restructuring, a Palestinian representative desired the congress to lobby against approving the reforms.

These measures were designed to regulate FIFA’s top brass authority which faced patronage and waste during Blatter’s 18-year term as president. Broadly, the reforms aim to promote “culture change” at FIFA, with more ethical and accountable leadership. (Inputs from Agencies)

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Tendulkar’s Advice To Kohli, says,”Let Your Heart Guide The Way”

Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

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Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. Wikimedia Commons
Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings. Wikimedia Commons

Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday urged skipper Virat Kohli to continue his brilliant batting exploits and let his heart “guide the way”, as an under-pressure Indian team prepares for the second Test at the Lord’s, after losing the five-match series opener at Edgbaston.

Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston, with scores of 149 and 51, which also led him to topple banned Australian batsman Steve Smith from the No.1 Test spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

In the midst of all the criticism from various quarters for failing to guide India to a win in the opener, Kohli, however, attained the career-best No.1 Test ranking and the first time that any Indian batsman had achieved the feat since Tendulkar himself in 2011.

“I would say, just continue, he’s doing a fantastic job so just continue,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.

Sachin credited full support to the sports in India
Sachin credited full support to the sports in India

“Don’t worry about what’s happening around you, keep your focus on what you want to achieve, and let your heart guide the way.

“Along the way there will be plenty of things said and done, but eventually, if you are passionate about what you want in life, then the results will invariably follow,” the batting icon added.

Tendulkar, however, warned the 29-year-old against any complacency, now that he has scored his maiden Test hundred in England.

“I can tell you from my own experience, however many runs you score they are never enough,” Tendulkar said.

Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston. Flickr
Kohli emerged the lone batting star for the visitors in the 31-run loss at Edgbaston. Flickr

“You want more runs, and that is the case with Virat. However many runs he scores, it will never be enough for him.

Also Read: Virat Kohli Grabbed The Position of Top-Ranked Batsman in ICC Test Batting Rankings

“The downfall starts when you are satisfied. It’s nice to be happy, but never be satisfied when you are a batsman. Bowlers can only get 10 wickets, but batters can go on and go, so don’t be satisfied, just be happy,” he said. (IANS)