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IOC president eyes more Olympic bids, including from Africa

Jun 2, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

Thomas Bach AP

IOC president Thomas Bach encouraged an Olympic bid from Africa while mentioning changes being discussed to Olympic bidding procedures on a trip to the continent last weekend.

“Africa has produced excellent athletes and yet has not staged the Olympic Games,” Bach said, according to Reuters. “We [at the IOC] would be happy to see a feasibly bid from the continent.

“As you know, since my election as IOC president [in September], we are already discussing changes to bidding procedure under the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020 where we want to open doors to more cities and more countries to bid to organize the Games.”

The Olympic Agenda 2020 was described by the IOC as “a roadmap for the Olympic Movement” under Bach’s presidency that is expected to be finalized by the end of 2014.

An African city has never hosted an Olympics. The most recent bid from the continent was by Cape Town, South Africa, for the 2004 Olympics, which were won by Athens. Cape Town was third in voting. South Africa, the first African nation to host the World Cup in 2010, has discussed bidding for the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

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  1. ewyorksockexchange - Jun 2, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    As much as I like the idea of an African nation hosting the games, I don’t think it will be a smart move to give a country a bid for quite a while. The countries that have a developed enough infrastructure tend to be to small to financially support the construction of the required facilities. The countries that have those financial resources, like Egypt and South Africa, suffer from socioeconomic or political challenges/unstable governments.

    Look at what’s happening in brazil with the world cup preparations. People are protesting and outraged that so much money is being spent on sports while less is being invested in healthcare, education, and infrastructure. The same would probably occur in South Africa, as there is roughly equivalent income to and greater inequality than in Brazil.

    I could go on and on about why it is a bad idea to have the Olympics in Africa in the near future, but I’ll spare everyone that.

  2. cutelittleguy02 - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Yeah too expensive for your Olympics game and after the games, everybody starving and dying. You know that your Olympics bull…sit!

  3. Nick Zaccardi - Jun 2, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    How the Rio Games fare will certainly affect the viability of an African bid.

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