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South Africa to bid for 2024 Olympic Games



FOUR years after hosting the FIFA World Cup, South Africa
is gearing up to bid for the 2024 Olympic Games.
The country’s Sports Confederation and Olympic
Committee member Sam Ramsamy said at the weekend
this week said: “I think Africa is ready to host an
The continent’s chances of hosting the quadrennial
showpiece of international athletics have been given a
boost after the International Olympic Committee
announced new reforms earlier this month.
These include making bidding easier and cheaper and
allowing possible joint bids, which aim to take the Games
to ‘new regions,’ Olympic chief, Thomas Bach, was quoted
as saying in a media interview, adding: “it was up to
Africa to make a `feasible’ case.
“I can only say that I think a feasible bid from Africa
would enjoy many sympathies from among the IOC
members, but the first step has to be done by Africa,” the
IOC chief said.
The IOC has said that the host for the 2024 Games will be
decided at a meeting in the Peru capital Lima in 2017.
South Africa’s port city of Durban, which is already
bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, is viewed as
the hot favourite to host the Olympics.
Other cities in the running are Boston, Los Angeles, San
Francisco, Washington DC, Paris, Rome and Doha Baku.
Cities must make applications by September 15 next year
and then have until January 8, 2016, to place guarantees.
Although an African city has never hosted the modern
Olympic Games, South Africa previously filed a bid for it in
1997, when Cape Town lost out to Athens. Complete the Story

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