Cabinet vetoes 2020 Olympic bid

2011-05-26 11:22

South Africa will not to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, Cabinet has announced.

According to a statement of its meeting yesterday, Cabinet said it considered the request by the South African Sports Federation to bid for the Games.

However it said: “Cabinet has decided that it is better for the country to consolidate the gains of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for now and rather focus the country’s attention to the delivery of basic services to all South Africans.”

The decision will come as a shock to Durban, which was seen as a strong candidate to host the games and had already started the ground work.

According to media reports 2 000 affiliates and guests of the International Olympic Commitee (IOC) will hold its 123rd annual meeting in Durban from July 4 to 9. This was seen as an ideal opportunity for the city to woo IOC members.

The host city for the 2020 games will be announced in Buenos Aires in 2013. 

Government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi did not respond to questions.

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