Durban Welcomes Possible Olympic Bid

An official from the eThekwini Municipality, which includes the city of Durban, reportedly said Thursday the municipality would welcome a possible Olympic Games bid for Durban.

According to a local news website Cape Town lost its bid for the 2004 Summer Games, and Durban is now the likely option as a bid city with a new “world class” airport and the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

eThekwini City Manager Michael Sutcliffe said, “we have a strategy which we call the ‘2010 and Beyond’ strategy so that everything we’re doing now will focus on reinforcing the fact that we are Africa’s sporting and event capital. For example, the building of Moses Mabhida Stadium, and it is now in fact the only stadium in Africa that could host events like the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games”.

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