SA in bid to host 2024 Olympics
INTERNATIONAL Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member Sam Ramsamy says South Africa will bid to host either the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.
Ramsamy, the first president of South Africa’s united Olympic committee, told The Associated Press the bid is “definitely coming.”
Ramsamy said he would talk to the government about a bid after the elections next year.
South Africa considered bidding for the 2020 Games after successfully hosting the 2010 World Cup, but the government opted to focus on pressing social issues.
Cape Town famously lost out in 1997 to Athens in the race to host the 2004 Olympic Games and would most likely vie with Durban to be the host city should South Africa opt to enter the race to host the Games.
Rio de Janeiro is hosting the next Olympic Games in 2016 following on from London in 2012, while 1964 host city Tokyo has landed the 2020 Games.
IOC president, Thomas Bach, said an African bid would enjoy “great sympathy” with IOC members asit is the only continent that hasn’t been awarded the Olympics. – Sapa-AP