South African Olympic bid 'definitely coming'

Updated: November 15, 2013, 12:40 PM ET
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- South Africa is eyeing the 2024 or 2028 Summer Olympics.

IOC executive board member Sam Ramsamy tells The Associated Press the bid is "definitely coming." Ramsamy is the first president of South Africa's united Olympic committee.

He says he will talk to the government about a bid after the national elections in April or May. South Africa considered bidding for the 2020 Games after successfully hosting the 2010 World Cup. The government, however, backed off to focus on pressing social issues.

IOC President Thomas Bach said this week in South Africa that an African bid would enjoy "great sympathy" with IOC members. It is the only continent yet to host the games.

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