SA Olympic bid on the cards

2010-07-12 14:10

Johannesburg -Gideon Sam, president of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCO), confirmed on Monday the nation would consider putting in a bid for either the 2020 or 2024 Olympic Games.

A day after the first Soccer World Cup in Africa came to a close, Sam said the Olympic governing body would consult with the South African government and the national federations with the possibility of hosting the first quadrennial Games on the continent.

"It is the dream of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that developing countries are given an opportunity to host the Olympics," Sam said after receiving a minibus vehicle on behalf of SASCOC from IOC president Jacques Rogge.

"It is now up to the government, the national Olympic committee and the sporting community whether or not this country takes the decision to bid for the Games.

"The IOC has certain policies by which we will be guided if our government supports a possible bid.

"I can't say that we will be going for 2020 or 2024, but we will be guided by the sporting movement in this country as to what we are going to do."

Rogge said the FIFA World Cup had been an "outstanding success" and that an Olympic bid from South Africa would be welcomed after the nation had organised yet another successful international sports tournament.

"From the start, when South Africa were named as World Cup hosts, we all knew the country would be able to organise the tournament," Rogge said.

"This country has hosted a very successful All Africa Games (in 1999), a Rugby World Cup (in 1995) and international cricket championships (including the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007).

"Now it is up to you as a nation to decide if you want to host this event."

Deputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen said the goverment had already shown interest in bidding for a future Olympics and would be in discussions with Sascoc about the 2020 and 2024 Games.

"I think it's safe to say that we have expressed interest in hosting an event of this magnitude that will leave legacies," he said.


  • THE MAN - 2010-07-12 14:17

    this time round the poor come first and all their homes have to built first....the people the masses will stop any such bid if the masses and the poor are neglected one more time...there will be huge consequences if the government pushes for this nonsense....

  • Mickey - 2010-07-12 14:23

    They must bid for the 2020 game. We already have workers that had jobs on the stadiums. If we win - We can just continue with the infrastructure that is needed for the Olympics. If we don't win this time then try again. But try for this one is a must. And in Cape Town in the summer

  • neil - 2010-07-12 14:31

    Looks like the ANC cronies/tenderpreneurs are more interested in lining their own pockets than worrying about grass root issues effecting the masses.

  • KOO - 2010-07-12 14:36

    The poor can benefit, as an olympic village will ahve to be built, which could then be converted afterwards for the poor, similar to gateway project near airport in Cape Town. Give it to Durban, as it will improve infrastructure between JHB and Durban - read rail (Gautrain & freight), which will improve the capacity of the harbour and economic growth. And opportunities for the masses of unemployed people in that area of uor country. Give it to Danny Jordaan (not Sam or any of the other has bens in SASCOC) - or make Jordaan president!

  • Joburg Boy - 2010-07-12 14:41

    In 1956 Melbourne Olympics (November) and 2000 Sydney (September)olympics were Held in the southern Hemisphere Spring,Summer. This is the best wind free weather and no rain in Cape Town, I live in Joburg, and am from Durban, But from a Beauty, and tourist point CT is the best option. the biggest revenue earner is from selling TV rites, so the main events will be shown SA time 17h00, so the world can watch, this is usually rain time in Joburg and Durban, Ysterplat and wingfield Air force bases next to Century city, are perfect Venues, and they link the waterfront to the airport Via Canal.

  • D - 2010-07-12 14:43

    It is important that south africa host the olympics as well. It bodes well for the country for foreign investment and to let people know what the current situation is in SA, which in return will make the economy stronger and aid those who are in need of housing and work. People should look at the big picture and not just locally!

  • anonymous - 2010-07-12 14:44

    Soccer is close to home, can't say the same for the Olympics!

  • Melbourne 1956 Wiki - 2010-07-12 14:44

    Melbourne was selected, in 1949, to host the 1956 Olympics by a one-vote margin. The first sign of trouble was the revelation that Australian equine quarantine would prevent the country from hosting the equestrian events. Stockholm was selected as the alternate site, so equestrian competition began on 10 June, five and a half months before the rest of the Olympic games were to open, half the world away. The problems of the Melbourne Games were compounded by bickering over financing among Australian politicians. Faced with a housing shortage, the Premier of Victoria refused to allocate money for the Olympic Village (eventually sited in Heidelberg West), and the country's Prime Minister barred the use of federal funds.At one point, IOC President Avery Brundage suggested that Rome, which was to host the 1960 Games, was so far ahead of Melbourne in preparations that it might be ready as a replacement site in 1956. As late as April 1955, Brundage was still doubtful about Melbourne, and was not satisfied by an inspection trip to the city. Construction was well underway by then, thanks to a $4.5 million federal loan to Victoria, but it was behind schedule. He still held out the possibility that Rome might have to step in.

  • Kundi - 2010-07-12 14:47

    Agreed...we should not bother going for the Olympics because it's frivolous and will leave us with a lot of infrastructure, condensed in one area, that will probably not be used (just look at what happened to greece). I think we should only bid for something this big, after major upgrades to schools, hospitals and other essential basic services...maybe by 2028, the country will be in a position to justify a bid, however, for the next 10 years surely there are more important things to focus on.

  • Proud - 2010-07-12 14:54

    I think it will be great! It will only be at least 10 years from now, by then the Government could've gotten it's act together. We are growing as a country. A lot can happen in 10 years. We don't know where South African will be. Heck the US was in a Civil War after their independence! We should stop being so negative and start seeing what these types of events can bring to the country. Investment, tourism etc. This can then bring more income to the country. That means more wealth and with wealth the government can then do more for the masses. We just need to start applying the pressure and stop allowing corrupt officials to reap the rewards. That's the only nonsense that must stop. As for the Olympic Bid I'm 150% behind it! We can do it!

  • mikeh - 2010-07-12 15:05

    Please don't do it. I can't afford to have my property rates increased again to subsidise the shortfall spent by Durban municipality, because the government allowance for the stadium was not enough for our fancy municipality. They had to spend more and charge ratepayers for the rest. It is time to stop killing the golden goose.

  • Stan - 2010-07-12 15:06

    We had a great SWC. But we must now start to count the cost. After a few games in each, we have a large number of 'white elephant' stadii. Now these fools want to bid to build more! Get off your butts and do something for the man in the street and push your arrogant ego aside! Careful, the masses will get restless and you will have a revolution on your hands! Forget about blue lights, posing with chrome spades turning the first sod and drinking champagne!!!! Smell the roses ANC!

  • RB - 2010-07-12 15:09

    Bring it on! I look forward to Olympics 2020 in DURBAN!!! Can't wait!

  • @the man - 2010-07-12 15:18

    It is attitudes like yours that will keep the poor in tatters and underdeveloped. Yes the hosting of games like the RWC, CWC, SWC and Olympics cost money. However, the spin offs is much much more than just on the day. See how many work, education, tourist possibilities were created by the SWC. See how it brought our country together and how we have progressed since the RWC of '95. In stead of threatening and trying to create a negative vibe, be positive and see the bright side and what hosting the Olympic games will mean for the poor of this country.

  • Kevan - 2010-07-12 15:52

    Durban is the place for the olympics, weather, warm ocean, amazing people etc.

  • Kevan - 2010-07-12 15:52

    Durban is the place for the olympics, weather, warm ocean, amazing people etc.

  • Capetonian@Joburg Boy - 2010-07-12 16:01

    Perhaps you should visit Cape Town sometime. A canal between the Waterfront and the airport? No rain and wind during August/September when the Games are nomally held? Ysterplaat the best venue when it was not good enough for Fifa? If the Games ever come to SA it should go to Durban.

  • Deaf - 2010-07-12 16:21

    Please just ban the simple blow things that kept simple minds busy during the SWC.

  • Glen - 2010-07-12 18:23

    Apart from the fact that we had fun, we have absolutely no idea what benefits, if any, the World Cup has brought. There is no doubt what benefits hospitals and schools bring...

  • Selinah Kaniki - 2010-07-12 21:14

    I totally agree Durban should be the venue for the 2020/2024 summer olympics, South Africa has shown the world that we are able to host the world class sporting event, i totally believe that Summer Olympics held in our country will be a blast

  • Olympics For SA:) - 2010-07-13 09:40

    I don't mind which city bids for the Olympics... but did you see that stadium in Durban! WoW!!!

  • @capetonian - 2010-07-13 12:16

    You dont know your own City, there is already infrastructure in place, linking The waterfront to the ICC, The ICC to Canal walk, Canal walk to, wingfield Airbase, to grand west, this was put into action in 1995, Canal walk shopping centre and Ratanga Junction tapped into this System, and you can already go from the ICC to the waterfront by canal. I know was part of the engineers in 1995

  • Joe@capetonian - 2010-07-13 12:18

    Why do you think they stuck Grand west in the middel of no where, it is part of the greater plan linking City centre to the airport via century city

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