Olympics movement special in SA, says Zuma

2011-07-05 12:34

The Olympics movement was special in South Africa because of its contribution to the struggle against apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said today.

“The Olympics movement is special in this country given the solidarity we received in 1964,” Zuma said during a special luncheon for International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Durban International Convention Centre.

More than 2 000 delegates are attending the 123rd IOC session, which ends on Saturday.

Zuma said the IOC had banned apartheid South Africa from participating in the Tokyo Olympics – a ban that was to span 32 years.

Zuma also thanked the delegates for supporting South Africa during the Fifa World Cup last year. “We are pleased to host yet another major sporting event, and look forward to working with you to ensure the success of this crucial meeting,” he said.

The president welcomed the 2018 Olympic Winter Games candidate cities Munich, Annecy and PyeongChang.

“I would like to extend our special welcome to His Serene Highness Prince Albert and our own Princess Charlene of Monaco. We continue to treasure the pride that Princess Charlene brought to South Africa as an Olympic swimmer.” Zuma said.

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