Sascoc’s not discouraged by abortive 2020 bid

2011-06-04 18:49

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam says his organisation won’t let their dashed hopes of bidding for the 2020 Olympic Games discourage them from bidding for future international events.

Sam said Sascoc will bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, while the organisation has already engaged the city of Cape Town on a possible bid for the 2017 World Games.

“There was a tinge of disappointment when the government decided that they won’t back us for 2020,” Sam told City Press this week during the 30-day countdown to the IOC Session in Durban next month.

“After the 2018 process where Sri Lanka and Australia are bidding for the Commonwealth Games, the doors will be open again for 2022. I am saying as the head of the sports movement why not take a look at that because it is on a smaller scale than the 2020 Olympics.

“Yes, the government has taken the decision, and I back that but we are not going to stand still. I am sure they (government) looked at that as something people will say we are spending and spending on these big events when people want basic service delivery in their communities.”

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma will lift the curtain on the 123rd IOC session in Durban on July 5.

The highlight of the week-long gathering will be the announcement of the hosts for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“It is critical for us as events of this nature make or break the country,” said Sam at the unveiling of the event’s logo this week.

Apart from the head of states from the 2018 bidding countries – Munich (Germany), Annecy (France) and PyeongChang (South Korea) – an influx of international sports stars are also set to descend on the Durban International Convention Centre.

Some of the most prominent sports leaders expected at the seven-day gathering are IAAF’s head Lamine Diack, IOC president Jacques Rogge, Fifa president Sepp Blatter and his predecessor Joao Havelange as well as royal family members from the UK, Monaco and Switzerland.

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