08/11/2015 09:54 EDT | Updated 08/11/2016 01:12 EDT

FIFA picks Olympic veteran Carrard to lead task force steering reforms after bribery scandals

ZURICH — FIFA says former Olympic official Francois Carrard will chair a task force overseeing reforms of football's governing body in the wake of corruption scandals.

Carrard, a Swiss lawyer, served as director general of the International Olympic Committee for 14 years until 2003, a period which included the Salt Lake City bidding scandal.

Carrard will lead a team of 12 officials picked by FIFA's six continental confederations, including new FIFA executive committee member Sheik Ahmad al-Fahad al-Sabah of Kuwait.

World Cup sponsors will also nominate two members to the panel.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter promised "deep-rooted structural change" when he announced his resignation plans in June.

Reform proposals affecting the FIFA president and executive committee include term limits, publishing their salary and stricter vetting of candidates.

The Associated Press