POSTED: May 13th 2010

Rogge encourages an African bid to move for 2020 summer Games

Jacques Rogge: the first African Games could add one more cornerstone to his IOC legacy /SportAccord/Richard Juilliart
Jacques Rogge: the first African Games could add one more cornerstone to his IOC legacy /SportAccord/Richard Juilliart

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NAIROBI, May 13: IOC President Jacques Rogge encourages the African interest for an Olympic bid to consolidate and step forward and the sooner the better. He urges the need to move forward on the plan if they are thinking for the 2020 Games.

On a three day visit to Kenya Rogge gave candid advice to encourage any potential bidders to study past successful bids.

He told Associated Press that the example of how South Africa lobbied in another highly desired arena for the FIFA World Cup was a good reference. That effort came following the failed attempt by Cape Town, South Africa in 1997 for the 2004 Games which Athens consequently won. The focus was changed to a different venue plan and included the entire country.

In 1997 Cape Town was also up against another strong contender Rome, Italy who also is seriously considering stepping back in the Olympics bidding ring for 2020.

Durban, South Africa is widely seen as a strong potential candidate. But much hinges on the successful and seamless hosting of the FIFA World Cup this June 11-July 11 in the nation. The pressure will be on but it appears they could be contemplating following in Rio de Janeiro’s footsteps, however this time the final proof of their capabilities looms just weeks away.

The IOC president was in Zambia Tuesday to open the first Olympic Youth Development Center in Zambia.

Keywords · Jacques Rogge · IOC · 2020 Games · Olympic bidding

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