Durban Is Considering A Possible Bid For The 2024 Olympic Games As The First African County To Host The Most Prestigious Sporting Event In The World.
Thomas Bach, the International Olympic Committee President announced in his opening speech at the IOC session in Monaco that Africa could gain a lot of wide spread sympathy from the committee as new rules and regulations around bidding processes could see an Africa country win the vote. Radical changes made by Bach has been well received as the committee has shown overwhelming support for such changes to the bidding process.
The bidding process for the 2022 Winter Games saw four out of the six candidates drop out after financial concerns tainted the idea that the hosting the Olympics was lucrative for the host city. The changes are aimed at cutting costs for the bidding process and allowing candidates to integrate the Olympics into their city plans rather than the other way round.
One of the changes includes an invitation phase where potential candidates can first discuss plans with the IOC and checking feasibility before deciding whether to launch a campaign to stage the Games. This comes after previous cities have spent close to $100m on campaigns aimed at trying to win a bid, putting it through as a loss should they not be successful.
Durban To Bid
Durban, who is considering a possibly bid fro the 2024 Olympic Games has some serious work ahead of them if they hope to be the first African city to host the Olympics. According to Bach, Africa will have to make a “feasible” case in order to win the vote. When asked when the first Olympic games will take place in Africa, Bach responded saying, “This depends on Africa.”
He also said, “I can only say that I think a feasible bid from Africa would enjoy many sympathies from among the IOC members but the first step has to be done by Africa.” The candidate for the 2024 games will be decided in Lima in Peru in mid 2017. That leaves two and a half years for cities to prepare and present their bid.
Durban is already bidding for the 2022 Commonwealth Games and should they be successful, it could be the launchpad for the 2024 Olympic bid. Media reports indicate that Johannesburg could possibly be another African city that will bid, teaming up with the City Of Pretoria as the revamps to the bidding and hosting process allows cities to bid and stage the event together.
South Africa’s veteran IOC member Sam Ramsamy said last month that “Africa is ready to host an Olympics,” as he indicated that a South African bid is likely. However, should Durban put through a bid, they will be up some stiff competition from Europe and the United States. 2024 will mark the 100th anniversary since France had hosted the Olympics, and they are sure to be putting massive efforts into their bid.
Cities hoping to bid for the games must make applications by September 15 next year and then have until January 8, 2016 to place guarantees. A final list of candidate cities will be chosen by the IOC in May 2016 leaving about 14 months campaigning before a final vote in Lima.
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