Egypt wants to become the first African nation to host the Olympics in 2032, one of its sports officials said Tuesday, according to Egyptian media.
There are no official bids yet for the 2032 Games, which are expected to be awarded to a host city in 2025.
Egypt unsuccessfully bid for the Olympics with Alexandria in 1916 (canceled due to World War I) and showed interest with Alexandria in 1936 and 1940, according to the OlyMADMen. Cairo was a candidate city for the 2008 Olympics but did not make the list of five finalists.
The closest an African bid came to getting the Olympics came in 2004, when Cape Town, South Africa, finished third behind Athens and Rome.
South African sports officials talked about a possible 2024 Olympic bid in 2015, but that did not come to fruition.
The India Olympic Association said in April that it planned to bid for the 2032 Games. India is the world’s second-most populous nation with 1.3 billion people.
India has never been an Olympic bid finalist but has held the Commonwealth Games. In 2010, the New Delhi-hosted multi-sport event came under fire for construction delays, poor infrastructure, unsanitary athletes’ village conditions and corruption.
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With a bronze medal in Lake Placid earlier today, Kendall Wesenberg became the first American to reach the World Cup podium in skeleton in two years.
Wesenberg, who finished 17th at her first Olympics in PyeongChang, had a combined time of 1:51.10 in Lake Placid. Prior to today, her last podium finish at the World Cup was in St. Moritz in January 2017.
“This has never been my strongest track, so we really broke it down piece by piece, and I think it paid off,” Wesenberg said, according to USA Bobsled and Skeleton. “The second run, I kind of tried to throw it away at the top there. By the time I made it to corner 10, I was just thinking ‘build speed, build speed.”
Wesenberg, 28, grew up in California’s Central Valley, but her interest in sliding sports piqued while watching the 2010 Vancouver Games. When the commentators discussed the athletic backgrounds of the athletes, Wesenberg realized she played some of the same sports growing up. A quick Google search brought her to the USA Bobsled and Skeleton page. She told her siblings she was thinking of trying skeleton. They said she’d never do it. Challenge accepted.
Wesenberg emailed a U.S. coach and signed up for a combine and driving training in January 2011. Seven years later, she was sliding on Olympic ice.
Sliding coverage continues today on Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, with women’s bobsled live at 3:15 p.m. ET and men’s bobsled live at 4:15.