South Africa

SASCOC focused on 2024 bid

2015-01-15 07:18
Tubby Reddy (File)

Johannesburg - SASCOC says it will only consider a bid for the 2024 Olympic Games once the IOC has opened the process.

"The board has not received any notification or correspondence from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) with regard to the bidding process for the 2024 Olympic Games," SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) chief executive Tubby Reddy said in a statement on Wednesday.

"Therefore, the issue of South Africa bidding for the 2024 Olympic Games does not arise.

"Once this communique is received, the SASCOC board will engage with Honourable Minister Fikile Mbalula and national government on whether one is going to consider an Olympic Games bid in 2024."

Reddy said SASCOC's priority was to deliver a successful bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) to the City of Durban.

SASCOC said bidding process for the CWG required enormous time, dedication and resources.

"The board of SASCOC is at this time fully committed to bidding for the Commonwealth Games in 2022," Reddy said.

"The first step is to win the bid and then to deliver a successful Games."

Reddy said South Africa's Olympic body would not be deterred from delivering the Commonwealth Games.

"Winning the bid for the CWG will be very significant for the City of Durban, especially as the other city is Edmonton, Canada," he said.

"Canada has already hosted the Games four times. We are seriously focused on the prize of winning the bid and we will not be distracted by other issues that have not been sanctioned by the SASCOC board."

The vote on the 2022 Commonwealth Games bid city will take place in Auckland on September 2.

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