Official Says Russian GP Will Go Ahead Future Of Rio Olympic Golf Course Unclear Bach: Hosts Must Prove Sustainability Olympic Notes OCA: Middle East Ready To Host Olympics S. Korea To Support N. Korean Delegation Indian Ministry Slams IOA For Funding Rio Games Organizers Unveil Ticket Prices IPC Says No Decision Yet On Pistorius Olympic Notes
Enter amount in full numerical value, without currency symbol or commas (ex: 3000000).
Upcoming Conferences and Events
SBD Global/June 5, 2013/Olympics
South African President Says Country Would Be 'Very Happy' To Host 2024 Olympics
Published June 5, 2013
South African President Jacob Zuma said Tuesday his country would be "very happy" if it became the first African nation to host the Olympics, as venues look ahead to '24, according to the AFP. Zuma said, "If we are given an opportunity in the near future, we'll certainly welcome that. I think South Africa will be very happy to host the Olympics. We have, I think, sufficient facilities to do so." South Africa opted out of bidding for the 2020 Games, "although Durban was seen as the country's more likely candidate, with the government in Pretoria saying it had more pressing national priorities." Bidding for the 2024 Olympics will begin in '15, "and the IOC will decide the winner" in '17. Nairobi, Kenya and Casablanca, Morocco "are among African cities that have expressed interest in hosting the 2024 Games" (AFP, 6/4).