Durban to take centre stage in 30 days

2011-06-02 14:04

KwaZulu-Natal, and Durban in particular, will be the focal point of the world when South Africa hosts the 123rd International Olympics Committee (IOC) Session from July 2 to 9.

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) today unveiled the logo of the event, where the highlight will be the announcement of the host country for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Apart from the head of states from the bidding cities, international sports stars and administrators are set to descend on the International Convention Centre in a month’s time.

Some of the most prominent sports leaders expected at the seven-day gathering are IOC president Jacques Rogge, beleaguered Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his predecessor Joao Havelange, International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack, as well as various heads of state and royalties from the UK, Monaco and Switzerland.
Addressing the media at the 30-day countdown to the Durban event, Sascoc president Gideon Sam said his federation was excited that the historic event was eventually happening.

“Such major events are few and far between, and we are indeed honoured to be the first African country to host the event in the 100-year history of the IOC.

“The highlight of the event will be the announcement of the host for the 2018 Winter Olympics,” added Sam shortly before the Sascoc hierarchy, along with Durban mayor designate James Nxumalo, unveiled the official logo of the event.

President Jacob Zuma will formally raise the curtain of the Session on July 5 while the host of the 2018 Olympics will be announced the following day.

Bidding for the Winter Games are Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (South Korea).

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