5 July 2011
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) would welcome an African bid to host the Olympic Games, IOC president Jacques Rogge told journalists ahead of the 123rd IOC Session in Durban on Monday.
“The IOC would welcome a strong African bid and it goes without saying, I am sure, that they will put a strong one together,” Rogge at a press conference at Durban’s International Convention Centre, adding that such a bid would “not necessarily be for the 2020 Games”.
Earlier this year, South Africa’s Cabinet decided that the country would not put in a bid to host the 2020 Olympics, opting to put its service delivery priorities first, a decision that Rogge said the IOC respected.
Rogge said he was amazed at the over-demand for tickets for next year’s Olympics in London. Already, around 20-million people have applied for seven million tickets.
“We’re amazed by the demand for tickets for the London Olympics … seven million on sale and 20-million wanting tickets. You’re bound to have people who are unhappy,” Rogge said.
The IOC president added that the system put in place by the London organisers was “a fair system. It is a good balance between the international and the national.”
The IOC also awarded broadcast rights to various countries in their executive board meeting on Monday.