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Kenya Is Making A Surprise Bid For The 2016 Summer Olympic Games

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In a move that surprised International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge, Kenya’s sports minister Ochilo Ayacko said Kenya plans to bid for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. The sports minister said, “we are serious in hosting the 2016 Games”, at the ceremonial opening of the new headquarters of the Kenyan Olympic Committee.

No African country has ever staged an Olympic Games and only four nations outside Europe and North America have ever won the right to do so.

Ayacko said the bid would be made to honour an unmet 1968 pledge by one of his predecessors, Ronald Ngala, an independence hero, that Kenya would host the 2000 Olympics.

He added, “we have the will and, with the resources, we are sure to succeed”.

Rogge, who is in Nairobi to mark the 50th anniversary of Kenya joining the Olympic movement, admitted to being “surprised” and cautioned the minister that Kenya would have to complete large-scale infrastructure improvements if its bid is to be taken seriously. He also said a successful bid would require the commitment of vast tracts of land the Kenyan government does not now have available.

But Rogge noted that Kenya has four years to prepare its bid as the IOC will not vote on the host for the 2016 Games until 2009. Write or read comments about this article

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