Sascoc’s members agreed at the organisation’s annual general meeting on Saturday to approach government in an effort to bid for the 2022 Commonwealth showpiece. Deputy sports minister Gert Oosthuizen said at the AGM that Sport and Recreation South Africa would support Sascoc’s attempt.
“Taking this step, by hosting the Commonwealth Games, is the normal way to go if you want to hold the Olympics,” Sam said.
“You can test yourself and see how good you are at organising an event of this magnitude. The 2010 Fifa World Cup gave us confidence of the country’s ability to host a major sports tournament, but this is a multi-code event, which is different.
“If we successfully host the Commonwealth Games, I’m sure we would put in a bid for the Olympic Games.”
Sam, the deputy president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said South Africa was likely to be up against England, Canada and Singapore, who were also interested in hosting the 2022 Games.
“The next step is to confirm our intention with Sport and Recreation, who will then take it to cabinet, and they will decide if it’s the right way to go.”
The country would be the first African nation to host the Commonwealth Games.