Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
2 Sep 2013
7:00 am

SA ready to make bid for the Games

Wesley Botton

A successful bid for the Commonwealth Games would be a major step towards a future pitch for the Olympics, said SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) president Gideon Sam.

FILE PIC. Gideon Sam during the SASCOC press briefing at Olympic House in Houghton on May 22, 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images)

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.