Johannesburg Fresh from its successful hosting of Africa’s first World Cup, South Africa said Tuesday it will bid to bring the Olympics to Africa for the first time in 2020.
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee said it would “formally oversee a bid for the 2020 Games” and encouraged potential host cities to “state their intention of being involved in the process.”
Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg are considered possible bid cities.
South Africa’s Olympic body said the announcement, just two days after the World Cup final in Johannesburg, “comes in the wake of resounding international acclaim for the manner in which South Africa staged the 2010 Fifa World Cup.”
Dutch celebrate 2nd place
Amsterdam — Hundreds of thousands of fans lined Amsterdam’s web of canals to cheer the World Cup runner-up Netherlands as the team cruised the waterways, swigging beer and blowing vuvuzelas, in an open-top boat on Tuesday.