Durban starts countdown for Olympic Committee summit

2011-06-03 00:00

THERE are only 30 days left before over 2 000 delegates, including royalty, heads of states and sporting legends, will be welcomed to Durban for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session, which will run from July 4 to 9.

IOC executive member Dr Sam Ramsamy and the president of the South African Sports Council and Olympic Committee (Sascoc), Gideon Sam, explained how important an occasion this will be for South Africa and sport.

“This is … the first time that it is coming to the African continent since the very first session in Paris back in 1894. That’s how big a deal it is,” Sam said.

“The highlight of this particular session in Durban will be the announcement of the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympics,” he added.

Delegations from Annecy (France), Munich (Germany), and Pyeong Chang (South Korea) are expected to include their head of state as they await the critical announcement about the 2018 Games.

Ramsamy said discussions have been held with King Shaka International Airport to ensure that there will be no repeat of the problems encountered during the semi-final of the World Cup, when a parked plane prevented scheduled flights from landing.

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