South Africa eyes Olympics

Updated: November 15, 2013, 1:52 PM ET
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa is eyeing the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics.

[+] Enlarge1992 South African Olympic team
AP Photo/Gillian AllenIn 1992, South Africa sent an integrated team to the Olympics. The country was represented by an all-white team in 1960, but had been banned after that over apartheid until '92.

IOC executive board member Sam Ramsamy tells The Associated Press the bid is "definitely coming." Ramsamy is the first president of South Africa's united Olympic committee.

He says he will talk with government officials about a bid after the national elections in April or May. South Africa considered bidding for the 2020 Games after successfully hosting the 2010 World Cup. The government, however, backed off to focus on pressing social issues.

IOC president Thomas Bach said this week in South Africa that an African bid would enjoy "great sympathy" with IOC members. Africa is the only continent yet to host the Games.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press


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