South Africa Could Bid to Host 2020 Olympics
The Associated Press is reporting this morning that South Africa could be considering a bid to host the 2020 Olympic Games.
Danny Jordaan, 2010 FIFA World Cup LOC head, speaking after a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York yesterday is quoted as saying “The IOC decided to give South America its first Olympics, so the only continent now without an Olympics is the African continent, and therefore I think it’s something that the IOC certainly will have to begin to think about.”
The IOC (International Olympic Committee) is scheduled to hold its 2011 sessions in Durban, and Jordaan believes this could present a springboard for a bid from either Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, and possibly an Egyptian bid as well. With at least two bids from African cities, and the slap to the face of the European and American bids last month for the 2016 Games, he may well have a valid point.
What are your thoughts? Could we handle an Olympic Games in 2020 in South Africa? If not, why not? And if yes, which of the three cities do you think should get the bid in?