SA in bid to host 2024 Olympics

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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

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