Joao Havelange celebrates 100th birthday, plans to attend Olympics
Former FIFA president Joao Havelange turns 100 years old on Sunday and a spokesman for him says that he plans to attend the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to the Associated Press.
"President Havelange is in good health and, yes, he expects to go to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games," spokesman Sergio Martins said.
Havelange served as the head of FIFA for 24 years before passing on leadership to Sepp Blatter, who is now banned by the governing body after dozens of top soccer officials indicted on corruption charges.
Havelange resigned from the International Olympic Committee in 2011 as he cited unspecified health problems. He avoided possible suspension with his resignation as he was accused of taking bribes from former FIFA marketing partner ISL.
He resigned from 2013 as FIFA's honorary president, a move that kept him out of reach of the federation's ethics committee.
Blatter was planning to spend time with Havelange for his birthday but was told by his lawyer not to leave Switzerland due to teh risk of being arrested and extradited to the United States for his role in the FIFA scandals.
Havelange was an Olympian who competed as a swimmer in Berlin in 1936 and as a water polo player at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki. The stadium where track and field will contested during the Olympics is officially named the Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium but will be referred to as the Olympic Stadium in 2016.