POSTED: July 10th 2010
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Blatter pledges backing for South African bid to host Olympics

FIFA president Sepp Blatter (right) in celebratory mode with former South African football coach Carlos Alberto Parreira / Stuart Rose-Getty Images
FIFA president Sepp Blatter (right) in celebratory mode with former South African football coach Carlos Alberto Parreira / Stuart Rose-Getty Images

KEIR RADNEDGE in South Africa / Sports Features Communications

PRETORIA, Jul 11: South Africa's success in hosting the 2010 World Cup finals has fuelled further speculation about the likelihood of a bid to host the Olympic Games in 2020, probably by Durban.

If a proposal does go forward to the International Olympic Committee then it has been promised the full support of the FIFA president Sepp Blatter, an IOC member.

Blatter said: "If there is any country in Africa that can host the Olympics it is South Africa - I can tell you that if a country can host a FIFA World Cup successfully then that country can definitely organise the Olympics.

"South Africa has shown what it can do. I know we have still to go to our last two matches but we are satisfied and if South Africa wants to host the Olympics I would fully support such a candidature."

Blatter picked out organising chairman Irvin Khoza and ceo Danny Jordaan for their "sterling work" and added: "Africa and South Africa in particular should be proud of these men; there is not a single European country that has as many good stadiums as South Africa, not a single one."

The International Olympic Committee awarded the 2016 Games to Brazil, making it the first time a South American country will host the games. This will leave Africa as the only major continent yet to stage the Olympics.

Durban hosts the IOC Session next July and President Jacob Zuma has spoken out publicly in support of South Africa's credentials. City officials in Cape Town and Johannesburg have also discussed whether to bid for the right to be the sole South African representative in the 2020 process.

Previous major sports events have included the Rugby World Cup in 1995, Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 and the Cricket World Cup in 2003.


Keywords · 2010 World Cup · 2020 Olympic Games · South Africa · Durban · Blatter


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