IOC presidential candidate wants to bring Olympics to Africa

Wu Ching-kuo

The Olympics have never been held in Africa. International Olympic Committee presidential candidate Wu Ching-kuo wants to change that.

“The Olympic Games have taken place on all five continents but Africa, and therefore I will do my utmost to help bring about an African Games,” Wu told the state Central News Agency, according to Agence France-Presse.

If elected, Wu aims to have an African candidate in the last year of his tenure in 2021, when the vote will be held for the 2028 Olympics.

Cape Town previously bid for the 2004 Games and lost to Athens in a 1997 vote. There has been talk about a potential South Africa bid for the 2024 Olympics, but Nelson Mandela‘s recent illness put it on hold.

“We definitely will be bidding, but we don’t know which one,” South African IOC member Sam Ramsamy told Around the Rings in July.

South Africa became the first African country to host the World Cup in 2010.

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