South Africa To Begin Bid Process For 2024 Summer Games
Executive board member Sam Ramsamy said Wednesday that South Africa is taking its first steps toward bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games once the London 2012 Games are over.
Ramsamy told The Associated Press that his national Olympic committee will 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. As soon as we come back, we will definitely make an announcement then. We need to discuss with the government", he said.
The Associated Press reports that Durban could be South Africa's candidate.
Ramsamy said there were also South African cities interested in hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games in what could be a dress rehearsal for a possible South African bid two years later.
According to The Associated Press South Africa's government said last year it wouldn't support a 2020 bid because of pressing social issues indicating that 2020 was too early and would instead be more receptive to a later bid.
Ramsamy added that there wouldn't be any South African lobbying at the London Games because of the process now underway with the IOC to choose the host city for 2020.Write or read comments about this article
|Bid Status:||IOC waiting for applicant city interest|
|Bid Date:||Bid for the 2020 Olympic Games will be in 2013|
|Bid Location:||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Description:||The bid for the 2020 Olympic Games|
|Bid Book:||Link To Bid Book|
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