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South Africa is eyeing a fresh bid for the 2024 Olympics.
Tubby Reddy, pictured, chief executive officer of the SA Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation (Sascoc), said yesterday they had commissioned a feasibility study on a 2024 Olympic bid.
The study will be carried out in two to three phases and completed next year. It will determine which city would be best suited to make the bid on behalf of the country.
SA was originally in the running for the 2020 Olympics until government decided to withdraw to focus on social priorities, but it did hint at a 2024 bid.
This feasibility study ties in with the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange conference and exhibition, to be held in Durban next month, where a 17-year plan will be discussed and decided on with the National Sports Tourism Steering committee.
Conference director, Sugen Pillay, said the committee was tasked by Sascoc with developing and implementing a strategy that would outline the key sports events which Sascoc, and its federations and partners, will be bidding for between 2013 and 2030.
“Almost a year of research and careful planning and preparation is set to come to fruition when the recommendations of the strategy are discussed and adopted at the conference,” Pillay said.