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South African Olympic bid ‘definitely coming’

November 15, 2013

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — IOC executive board member Sam Ramsamy says South Africa will bid to host either the 2024 or 2028 Olympics.

Ramsamy, the first president of South Africa’s united Olympic committee, tells The Associated Press the bid is “definitely coming.”

Ramsamy says he will talk to the government about a bid after the national elections in April or May. South Africa considered bidding for the 2020 Games after successfully hosting the 2010 World Cup, but the government backed off to focus on pressing social issues.

IOC President Thomas Bach said this week in South Africa that an African bid would enjoy “great sympathy” with IOC members. It is the only continent that hasn’t been awarded the games.

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