Will South Africa Bid For 2024 Games?
International Olympic Committee (IOC) executive board member Sam Ramsamy said South Africa will kick-start plans to launch a bid for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in 12 years following the London 2012 Games.
International Business Times reports South African rugby legend Francois Pienaar believes the financial implications of hosting the 2024 Games are too significant to risk bidding for the event.
He told IBTimes Uk., "personally I don't think we should have an Olympic Games in Africa because an investment for an Olympic Games is something we can't afford.
"Now I'll be slated when people hear me say that. I think in Africa we've got a lot of other issues that we need to deal with and the pinnacle for us was at the football World Cup, which went down swimmingly; I'm very proud of our country and how we put it together.
"I just think that for the Olympic Games the investment and infrastructure and the legacy from that would be a question mark".
He added, "in South Africa, in particular, we've got housing issues and infrastructural issues and I would rather see money spent in those areas".
Meanwhile Ramsamy said, "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".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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