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SA to prepare for 2024 bid

2012-06-06 18:08

Johannesburg - South Africa will take its first steps toward bidding for the 2024 Olympics after the London Games, IOC executive board member Sam Ramsamy said on Wednesday.

The South African told The Associated Press that his national Olympic committee will then begin a process that involves talking to the government, and "hopefully that process will lead to us bidding for 2024."

"We are waiting until after we return from London now because at the moment our total concentration and full concentration is on the games, preparing our team for London," Ramsamy said on the sidelines of South Africa's preliminary Olympic team announcement.

"As soon as we come back, we will definitely make an announcement then. We need to discuss with the government."

The east coast city of Durban is tipped to be South Africa's candidate for an Olympic bid.

Ramsamy said there were also South African cities interested in hosting the Commonwealth Games in 2022, in what could be a dress rehearsal for a possible first Olympics in Africa two years later. Ramsamy wouldn't name the cities, but said they are "keen."

Boosted by the country's successful hosting of Africa's first football World Cup, the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) said in 2010 that it would bid for the 2020 Olympics.

South Africa's government decided in 2011, however, that it wouldn't support a bid for 2020 because of pressing social issues. The government indicated that 2020 was too early and would instead be more receptive to a later bid.

Despite the obvious desire to now bid for 2024, Ramsamy said there wouldn't be any lobbying at the London Games in July and August because of the process currently under way in South Africa to choose a host city.

The International Olympic Committee last month picked Istanbul, Tokyo and Madrid as its candidates for 2020. A decision on the winning city will be made at the IOC Session in Argentina in September 2013.

South Africa could face strong competition for 2024, with the increased possibility of a US bid after the United States Olympic Committee and the IOC reached agreement on a new revenue-sharing agreement last month.

Paris could also launch a bid as 2024 is the 100th anniversary of the last Summer Olympics in the French capital.

The IOC has said consistently since 2010 that it would welcome an Olympic bid from South Africa but stressed it would be judged on merit.

AP

Comments
  • Warren - 2012-06-06 18:36

    This is laughable,sort SAFA first SASCOC

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-06-06 19:06

    This is worrying. There are some economists who insist you can trace Greece's financial woes to the Athen's Olympics! The Olympic games is a money spender, no gain to be had at all. Why would we even want to try and host this?

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-06-06 19:25

    Please, please No! Our country simply does not need the initial costs of staging a bid, never mind the costs of actually staging this event. The ongoing costs after the Olympic Committee and SASCOC have left the building are beyond calculation. We do not need more colossal but empty stadiums left all around the country or in one city as we have following the SWC. Spend the money on hospitals, schools, roads, railways, bus services, anything that will benefit the people on the ground. SASCOC should put their egos in their collective pockets and think about the realities of our peoples needs.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-06 19:40

    staging the olympics can cost up to R366billion rands! Where will the money come from! Hell no!

  • Jean - 2012-06-06 20:15

    We can barely build housing for the poor now we want to build up market flats for a few thousand athletes?! We simply don't have the wealth to keep the infrastructure going after the games. Focus on getting the rugby world cup again or F1 racing. We have amazing stadiums that will surely be filled to the max and the plan/rumours to build a track in green point in CT is a great idea and there are a lot of F1 fans in SA/world.

  • annelize.jerling - 2012-06-08 11:36

    PLEASE NOT!!! We cannot afford it. Municipalities are still struggling to repay 2010 debt. Mr Ramsamy read the newspapers and see the protests about lack of service delivery due to NO FUNDS. People in 2012 still don't have running water, toilets, electricity. Come on!! This will just be a successful financial gain for those serving on the LOC!!

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