SA will bid for 2020 Olympics

2010-07-13 16:07

Johannesburg - South Africa’s governing Olympic body, SASCOC, today announced that it would formally oversee a bid for the 2020 Games and encouraged potential host cities to state their intention of being involved in the process.

The dramatic news was announced by the chief executive officer of SASCOC, Tubby Reddy, and comes in the wake of resounding international acclaim for the manner in which South Africa staged the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Africa’s first soccer World Cup drew to a close on Sunday, 11 July, and has been hailed far and wide as an overwhelming advertisement for the country and the continent.

No African city has staged the Olympic Games, but after President Jacob Zuma had publicly declared the World Cup a success he then expressed confidence that South Africa could do a similarly excellent job in 2020.

“For our eyes to be on 2020, we are not weary,” President Zuma said “because we have the facilities.”

Enthused by the president’s endorsement, the SASCOC board met today (Tuesday) to discuss the possibility of overseeing a 2020 bid process. “I can confirm that in light of President Zuma’s comments we met today,” said the SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy.

“We have decided that the way forward would be to engage government and key stakeholders on the way forward, but our intention is to provide a world-class city capable of hosting Africa’s first Olympic Games in 2020.”

Mr Reddy added that any city that wanted to be involved in the bidding process would need to contact him directly, as SASCOC CEO, and he would provide them with the procedure as to what’s required to bid for the Games.

South Africa lost out in the race for the 2004 Olympics, when Cape Town won the internal race ahead of Durban and Johannesburg, with the International Olympic Committee awarding the Games to Athens.

However, the president of the IOC, Jacques Rogge, in the country to attend the final of the World Cup, had said on Monday: “From the start, when South Africa were named as World Cup hosts, we all knew the country would be able to organise the tournament. Now it is up to you as a nation to decide if you want to host this (2020 Olympics) event.”

SASCOC, also thanks to President Zuma’s encouragement and endorsement, has now taken the first steps towards that 2020 commitment.


  • Wayne - 2010-07-13 16:20

    Let it come we ready Viva SA Viva

  • JH - 2010-07-13 16:22

    Noooooo. I'd rather they spend that money on infrastructure, housing and higher eduation.

  • here we go again - 2010-07-13 16:22

    No we will see the nation Divided and calling each other names about were to host it, without getting all the proper facts, and wether tables, time of the year, watch the emotions fly, I live in Joburg but like the Idea of CT because it has so much more to offer tourists.

  • vincent - 2010-07-13 16:28

    South Africa is hungry to shine! Bring it here and let us show the world once again, what stars we are!

  • clint - 2010-07-13 16:29

    Bring it on, Durban can do it. Just keep ASA away please.

  • @ Wayne - 2010-07-13 16:30

    ...lucky for SA ,we will have enough time to sort out this tiny problem of xenophobia before 2020....otherwise ...bring it on...KE NAKO - part 2

  • Proudly SA - 2010-07-13 16:30

    I know the doomsdayers will start with all the negativity about crime, poverty etc in SA and yes they are right to a certain extent but hosting major international events is all about marketing yourself,just like all the good stuff you put on your CV so that you can get a better job with the ultimate aim of a better life for yourself.This is what SA is trying to do for the country.So once again let's support the BID and wow the world again

  • Andre - 2010-07-13 16:38

    Feel it, it will be here again!

  • ACS - 2010-07-13 16:38

    Durban 2020 - Make it happen!

  • Greedy SA - 2010-07-13 16:39

    Now we becoming greedy. That is why the continent hate us. We want to be a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. We want to be the first African country to host the Olympics... Nah, let us get our ducks in a row. Let's wait for the IOC to open the bidding process. Maybe we would have secured a permanent seat on the Security Council by then...

  • Johnny Rotten - 2010-07-13 16:49

    I think South Africa should stop for a minute and focus on crime, poverty and aids. The olympics will never recover the money spent for a city like Durban.

  • Cecilia - 2010-07-13 16:49

    Yes, bring it on. We can import ski Alps so long for 2020! GREAT IDEA!!!

  • JR - 2010-07-13 16:49

    If we can successfully host the Fifa Soccer World Cup, with all their stringent rules and regulations, SA can do anything!! In my opinion Durban would be the best City to host the Olympics as we already have (most of) the infrastructure in place, and the weather is better in our winter months, but hey! Bring it on!!! AYOBA

  • simon - 2010-07-13 16:53

    Of course they want to bid. They have seen how much money can be ripped off the gullible taxpaying public, and they want in on this trough, or gravy boat!!

  • Pepe - 2010-07-13 16:53

    It has to be Durban. Was there last week for a few days absolutely amazing. They have the stadium, the infrastructure and the beautiful weather.

  • World Cup != Olympics - 2010-07-13 16:53

    We need to get an independent assessment on the success of the recently concluded 2010 World Cup before we start bidding for yet another mega event. How much debt are we going to service as a result of this? According to experts the Olympics have never been profitably run by any host city.

  • Rafa - 2010-07-13 16:53

    Host the Games where the world/tourists wants the Games. Cape Town. This is an international race against Rome, Tokyo, Istanbul, Madrid, Doha.

  • GNPLK - 2010-07-13 16:53

    Which ever city gets it, it would be a great event to host and an event, I'm sure, all South Africans will support.

  • Johnny Rotten - 2010-07-13 16:53

    I think South Africa should stop for a minute and focus on crime, poverty and aids. The olympics will never recover the money spent for a city like Durban.

  • Seafire - 2010-07-13 16:56

    Oh please ! SASCOC feeling a little left out of the limelight and figure it's time they had their rings polished?? A soccer world cup is one thing, the stadiums are multifunctional afterwards and can host rugby, football, concerts etc. What do you do with dedicated Olympic venues afterwards? Dedicated fencing halls? Dedicated gymnastic venues? Ask Greece and China about crumbling Olympic infrastructure after the games because their upkeep is not financially possible. What an absolute load of rubbish ! We've done our bit, exceptional soccer WC, but now it's time to focus on reality and that that guy standing holding a piece of cardboard at the robots telling everyone he needs a job, food and a place to stay !

  • Menno - 2010-07-13 16:56

    We don't want the Olympics in Cape Town - we've already been suckered into a R 4.4 Bn stadium which we didn't really want, and for which ratepayers are going to have to pay for. The financial burden of the Olympics on a city is horrendous. If Durban wants it, they're welcome to it. In fact, their winter weather is perfect for sport, whilst there's always the chance of foul weather in Cape Town. Good luck to the the SASCOC executive and their egos.

  • Pepe - 2010-07-13 16:57

    It has to be Durban. Was there last week for a few days absolutely amazing. They have the stadium, the infrastructure and the beautiful weather.

  • VA - 2010-07-13 16:57

    I agree with JH. It will be useless building new venues in host city, when the money can rather be spend on infrastructure, housing or educaton. I think only Atlanta in 1996 manage to show a profit. All other host cities still expect their taxpayers to carry the burden for these "white elephant" venues.

  • rich - 2010-07-13 16:58

    Olympics has to be in Cape Town... Durban is lovely but hardly iconic.

  • Taxpayer - 2010-07-13 16:59

    NO Please No the Olympics have been a financial disaster for every city except perhaps Los Angeles. Sydney closed venues after the games because they couldn’t even pay the operating costs we will be no different. London is talking about 14 Billons pounds that’s R160 billion + it would financial Suicide. NO NO NO

  • Perfume in favour of the Olympics - 2010-07-13 16:59


  • Phillip - 2010-07-13 17:01

    Bring it so we can feel it! I mean really, what have we got to lose?

  • William - 2010-07-13 17:02

    We are all acting as if we are invincible right now. Lets wait for this fairy dust to settle before taking this mammoth event on. In the mean time, lets grow a squad that can win a few golds in 2 years time? Is ANY city ready to take on the amount of expenses for this event? (World Cup expenses was distributed to 8 cities)?? Honestly?

  • Charl - 2010-07-13 17:06


  • 50 CALIBER - 2010-07-13 17:08

    I agree. Lets have a go at the 2020 Olympics. One thing I am happy about is that the ANC will no longer be a threat as the DA will be in power. The people have had enough of the ANC. LETS GO FORWARD TOGETHER WITHOUT THE RUBBISH ANC.

  • R - 2010-07-13 17:09

    Yay! DURBAN Olympics 2020 here we come! And don't worry, CT will still get the tourists visiting while they are in South Africa.

  • Perfume in favour of the Olympics - 2010-07-13 17:11

    Durban has only one season "SUMMER AND SUMMER" bring the games to Durban, it is time that our city is showcased to the World, hence why we are called "SOUTH AFRICA'S PLAYGROUND" I like what someone commented "KE NAKO PART 2" the World wants to involve us in everything we need to take advantage of the positive reports received from this World Cup. DURBAN ARE WE READY TO HOST THE 2020

  • @Pepe 7/13/2010 4:57 PM - 2010-07-13 17:13

    Just tell them unless they want the Olympics hosted in summer, that is when CT is at its best

  • RC - 2010-07-13 17:14

    South Africa has lots of potential no doubt about it. The FIFA world cup has given SA a platform from which to build and the measuring stick would be the hosting of the olympic games in 2020 to see how it has built from such a platform. We are not greedy to bid for 2020, its 10 years away and it gives us an opportunity/motivation to address some critical issues we have. Look at China for the 2008 games, they have their issues too but the way they pulled together as a nation is fantastic and we can most certainly take a leaf out of it.

  • William Shakespeare - 2010-07-13 17:16

    What about the Soweto Olympics? Wouldn't that be extraordinary?

  • JHB - 2010-07-13 17:18

    As Desmond Tutu said, SA cannot live on bread alone...Lets join together in instilling a culture of wanting more, dreaming big and exceddding expectation...SA's success in hosting the world cup is just a seed for the potential its now unleashed, we need to own it, SA is not an average nation with average capabilities and potential, we need to take our place as one of the greatest, and that applies to our country, people and spirit.

  • durban for sure! - 2010-07-13 17:19

    durbans almost certain to get the bid. Durban already has a stadium with an athletics field, something that Johannesburg and Cape Town does not have. Its like poker. The 3 big cities were given money to build massive stadiums. Jhb and CPT build soccer stadiums. Durban city council was smart and built an all-purpose stadium. We dont have to spend 3 Billlion Rand on a stadium coz we already have one. Jhb and Cpt has 3 Billion Rand stadiums already, that are awesome for soccer and rugby and maybe hocky or boxing matches and concerts...........but not a athelthic stadium. Durban was just smarter. But it will be interesting to see whether a stadium is good enough to get durban across the finish line first

  • kwk - 2010-07-13 17:21

    Excellent idea!! It's stupid to pull the other way just because the government happens to support it. Being in the spotlight is exactly what our country needs. This rather spend on this or that noble cause sounds nice, but they all concern cutting the cake finder and finer. Events like these and attracting long term investment and tourism is about making the cake bigger.

  • Proudly SA BUT... - 2010-07-13 17:21

    Totally proud of the World Cup and our achievements and our ability BUT the Olympic Games has left every city since 1984 in massive financial difficulty and we will not be able to maintain find use for the venues needed. Besides we are a nation who love major sports not fencing, bowls etc. Why not look at F1 for profile and focus on the development of SA football for future global success????

  • WA - 2010-07-13 17:25

    Durban can't even arrange parking for 20 planes, how about 200? Capetown it is!

  • DC - 2010-07-13 17:25

    This is how it work.You bid for 2020 as a preperation bid for 2024 or 2028.We will not get 2020,but an Olympics within the next 8 years

  • Etienne - 2010-07-13 17:27

    @Rich - shut your face fool!! Have you ever been to Durban? It might not enjoy worldwide iconic status as Cape Town does, but it has a far superior overall infrastructure. As lovely as your mountain is, it is also you biggest obstacle when it comes to road layout and planning (ever been in a traffic jam in the mother city eh?). Durban has the weather, infrastructure, more hotel beds and the most magnificent stadium and an almost complete sports precinct all in a 2 km radius right be the Indian Ocean. Durban all the way!! As for iconic, I would hardly call Seoul, Atlanta, St Louis, Melbourne, Helsinki, etc iconic!!

  • Sampie - 2010-07-13 17:33

    ??Welcome to Cape Town Come joint the party??

  • Ian Bell - 2010-07-13 17:34

    We can do it. We are unified so much more after each of the major events that we have hosted. I can't wait for the next step up in unity because it makes us stronger as a nation. Durban has no competition.

  • Comeau - 2010-07-13 17:36

    Durban has a LONG way to go if it's going to be ready for 2020. We want to be putting out best city forward, not a city playing second fiddle to Joburg and Cape Town. Cape Town 2020! It's a no-brainer. Durban has nothing unique of note to present to the rest of the world apart from the fact that it is in Africa, but so is Cape Town. There's a reason why Cape Town is the destination of choice for international tourists visiting our country. I, for one, hope that we use sense and put our best foot forward, as picking the city that "needs it most" could result in us not winning the bid, or eventual embarrassment. I'm very excited at the prospect of the Olympics, however.

  • Carlos - 2010-07-13 18:00

    It would be unusual if they give it to 2 southern hemisphere countries in a row.

  • Elle - 2010-07-13 18:01

    What about the Equestrian side of the Olympics? It's always one of the most popular aspects of the Olympics, but we have African Horse Sickness in SA and incredibly restrictive quarantine. Unless they built specialised equestrian facilities in the vector-free area of Kenilworth. This would be a monumental expense given there is insufficient local market to keep it sustainable thereafter, compared to an area like Kyalami in Gauteng. Logistically, it's complicated. For those who feel that it's a minor or elitist sport, you'd be suprised at how representative it has become. Equestrian sports, including horse-racing, make a contribution to the economy which would rival other sports, too.

  • Ponkie - 2010-07-13 18:01

    All the other places had a turn with the SWC, the Olympics should be held in Alexandra, Vosloorus, Daveyton, Kwa-Thema....

  • CT - 2010-07-13 18:24

    The games is normally staged at the end of summer in the north and this would be the start of our spring - Sept 2020. Hardly the middle of winter..... which makes Cape Town ideal. This is where the world wants to be.....

  • geejay - 2010-07-13 18:45

    Olympics, why? Lets rather concentrate on something that doesn't demand silly money. I would rather we host individual games like soccer and to be honest we need to host more African games first, I'm all for these type of events but to host an Olympic games when we really need more than ever to be concentrating on domestic issues would just be ridiculous.