Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said Sunday during a tour of three African countries – South Africa, Kenya and Ethiopia – that African countries stand a higher chance of staging future Olympics if proposed changes to bidding procedures are adopted by the ruling body.
According to Reuters, Bach said his wish was to see the continent stage the world’s most prestigious sports competition.
He said, “Africa has produced excellent athletes and yet has not staged the Olympic Games. We (at the IOC) would be happy to see a feasibly bid from the continent”.
He added, “as you know, since my election as IOC president, we are already discussing changes to bidding procedures under the framework of Olympic Agenda 2020 where we want to open doors to more cities and more countries to bid to organize the Games”.