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).
The IOC asked the Indian Olympic Association to coordinate and "submit all amendment proposals to the world body" by no later than June 12 so the process of lifting the ban on India "could be started at the earliest" (PTI, 6/4). ... Lanes specially reserved for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games "will be prepared by the end of the year." Organizing Committee member Andrei Zhukov said, "Only accredited vehicles will be able to travel in the some 370-km long Olympic lanes" (XINHUA, 6/4).