POSTED: August 1st 2011

South Africa and USA still considering joining the campaign

The IOC could possibly be looking at seven contenders / lake images
The IOC could possibly be looking at seven contenders / lake images

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The NOCs of South Africa and the United States are still contemplating joining the 2020 Olympic bid race and just in case both have met the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) first deadline for paperwork.

Japan, Italy and Spain have already sent in their letters confirming their compliance with the rules of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). If a bidding country wanted to submit a change in calendar dates this was also the time to formally make the request according to new IOC guidelines for bidding cities.

Doha, Qatar and Istanbul, Turkey are the other two potential contenders in the 2020 campaign. Neither one has confirmed as yet if they have sent in the preliminary letter.

South Africa’s Olympic dream took a damper in May when the government issued the following statement:

 “Cabinet considered the request by the South African Sports Federation for the country to bid for the hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games. Cabinet has decided that it is better for the country to consolidate the gains of the 2010 FIFA World Cup for now and rather focus the country’s attention to the delivery of basic services to all South Africans” said Cabinet spokesperson Jimmy Manyi and he confirmed that there was no support for a possible bid within South Africa’s government.

South African Sports minister Fikile Mbalula has continued to energetically push for an Olympic bid and Gideon Sam, head of the NOC, has even announced the intention of going after the 2022 Commonwealth Games instead. So South Africa has several opportunities to consider before they jump into a full blown bid for the summer Olympics.

USOC spokesperson Patrick Sandusky confirmed to the Associated Press today that they had submitted the compliance letter as a “matter of protocol” however they did not specify a particular city. Sandusky also reiterated that the USOC’s priority before bidding was put to rest issues relating to the USOC-IOC financial deal regarding 12.75 percent cut of the US Top Sponsor revenues and 20 percent of the USA television rights.

Any new changes on this agreement would come into effect after 2020. There are many sports officials that view the percentages as excessive and this was widely seen as being the deal breaker for the Chicago 2016 bid and the exit in the first round of voting in 2009 at the Copenhagen session.

Chicago was competing against Tokyo, Madrid, and winner Rio de Janeiro.

The NOCs have until September 1 to submit their formal bids for applicant cities to the IOC for the 2020 summer Games campaign.

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