DOHA - Asian football chief Mohammed Bin
Hammam hinted again on Tuesday that he could challenge Sepp
Blatter for the FIFA presidency later this year.
Qatari Bin Hammam, who has just begun a third and final
four-year term as AFC president, continues to duck straight
questions on whether he will run against Blatter in June,
instead dropping hints of a possible election bid.
"The thought does interest me, yes," Bin Hammam told the
Kyodo news agency when asked how he felt about running for FIFA
"The ambition is a legitimate one, and if people think they
can add to the organization, then why not?
"I am 62 years old. I have almost worked in football
administration for 40 years. And one thing I learned about sport
is that competition is very healthy for the organisations - no
matter what the result of the competition is, and elections are
a form of competition."
Earlier this month, Bin Hammam smiled broadly and shrugged
his shoulders when asked by Reuters if he would stand against
Blatter, whom he has disagreed with on a number of issues.
Blatter is seeking a fourth term as the head of football's
world governing body and was in Doha earlier this month to see
one of his old adversaries Chung Mong-joon of South Korea lose
his FIFA executive committee seat to the Swiss' ally Prince Ali
Blatter, who is so far the only candidate for the position,
was also given a boost to his chances when another ally David
Chung was appointed Oceania Football Confederation president at
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