South Africa's Government Says Country Considering 2024 Olympics Bid For Durban
South Africa's Government said that the nation "is ready to host the first Olympics and Paralympics" in the city of Durban in 2024, although an official decision "is yet to be made on whether the country will join the bid race," according to James Cook of INSIDE THE GAMES. South Africa's only previous Games bid was when Cape Town went for the '04 event, where "it reached the final three cities in the vote before eventually losing out to Rome and eventual winners Athens." However, Sport & Recreation South Africa has announced that a bid for the 2024 Games "is a real possibility." SRSA spokesperson Paena Galane said, "The sport economy is one of the major fundamentals for the country" (INSIDE THE GAMES, 9/12).