Now that Durban has won the bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, South Africa Director General for Sport and Recreation Alec Moemi told Reuters that the country won’t be bidding for the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympic Games.
Bids for the 2024 Games are due into the International Olympic Committee (IOC) September 15 and 2028 applications won’t be accepted until 2019. With the Commonwealth Games in 2022, South Africa will be nicely poised to bid for the 2032 Olympic Games when that bid competition opens in 2023.
Moemi said, “we are fairly focused now that we should pay attention to the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and we will not intend to bid in the next seven years for anything. So an Olympic bid is not on our cards now. When it is, we will speak on it”.
Africa has never hosted the Olympic Games but interest has come in the past from South Africa, Morocco, Kenya and Nigeria. Cape Town was the last African bidder when it applied for the 2004 edition of the Games.
Last December IOC member and former South African Olympic Committee president Sam Ramsamy reportedly said South Africa was “readying to bid for the 2024 Games”.
Budapest, Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris and Rome have been confirmed as bidding for the 2024 Games, with Toronto considering a bid. The IOC will vote on a host city for the 2024 Games in 2017.