Jordaan hints at Olympic bid

2009-11-03 10:16

A SUCCESSFUL 2010 World Cup will pressure the International

Olympics Committee (IOC) to give the Olympic Games to an African country, Danny

Jordaan, chief executive of the World Cup organising committee, told members of

Parliament today.

“The one event Africa has not hosted is the Olympics,” Jordaan told

the portfolio committee on tourism. “A successful World Cup will put pressure on

the IOC to award for the first time since 1896 the Olympics to Africa.”

The first modern day Olympics took place in 1896 in the capital of

Greece, Athens.

“Africa has waited 100 years for the Fifa World Cup to be awarded.

It has now waited for more than 100 years for the Olympics to be awarded to

Africa,” said Jordaan, adding that there was a rising trend for mega events such

as the Olympics and the World Cup to be granted to the developing

countries.

He mentioned Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, which was recently awarded

the 2016 Olympics, over the favoured city of Chicago in the US.

“What we have seen recently is the awarding of these events to

developing countries. For the first time after the award of the World Cup to

South Africa, developing countries are in with a chance to host these mega

events."


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