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South Africa: the Cup is over, bring on the Olympics 1

The first ever World Cup on African soil has now come to an end. South Africa says it is now ready to tackle an even bigger challenge: the first Olympics on African soil. South Africa’s port city of Durban has been punted by authorities there as a possibility for 2020.

“The World Cup is one of the two great sporting events in the world along with the Olympics, and I am quite certain that every member of the International Olympic Committee has been looking at the matches from South Africa and seen the enthusiasm and the excitement,” IOC Executive Board member Craig Reedie told Reuters.

“I would suspect they would not be surprised at all if a bid came from the South African Olympic Committee for a future Games, be it 2020 or 2024… I think the decision to go south of the equator for the first time would be a natural encouragement for South Africa,” he said.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma told Reuters at the start of the World Cup in June the tournament had whetted the country’s appetite for major sports events.

“We have got the facilities. Those who take decisions have seen how South Africa is. I’m sure we could do it,” Zuma said.

Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, on Saturday praised South Africa for the way it is hosting the FIFA 2010 World Cup.

Rogge was speaking after meeting South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria.

“The 2010 World Cup will be remembered for a very long time. It will make all African proud and the entire sports movement is very happy about that,” Rogge said on South African Broadcasting Corporation television.

Earlier in the week FIFA president Sepp Blatter said he thought South Africa had proved it would be capable of hosting the Olympics.

The South African city of Cape Town lost out to Athens when bidding to host the 2004 Olympics.

South Africa’s port city of Durban has been punted by authorities there as a possibility for 2020.


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  1. South Africa needs to keep the momentum going that has served to bind its people together as never before. One of the best ways to do this is to work together to host the Olympic Games in 2020. It is no longer a question of whether a South African city will make a bid but only which of the cities will do so. Durban has stated its express intention was Cape Town is taking a more cautious view in order to ensure that if it is submitted the city will be capable in every way of fulfilling its obligations.

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