‘DBN Commonwealth Games will open door for SA to host Olympics’

Fikile Mbalula says the 2010 Fifa World Cup set the stage for SA to shine for many years to come.

FILE: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says the successful hosting of the Commonwealth Games in 2022 will open the door for South Africa to one day host the Olympic Games.

Durban will be the first African city to host the sporting event, after being confirmed in a unanimous vote in New Zealand this morning.

It ran unopposed after the Canadian city of Edmonton pulled out of the race in February.

Mbalula says the 2010 Fifa World Cup set stage for South Africa to shine for many years to come.

"It was with the vision of hosting events of multi-coded sports like the Olympics or the Commonwealth Games. So we are not going to build entirely a new infrastructure, we will build on top of what we have. It will benefit our athlete development programme."

The International Olympic Committee's Sam Ramsamy says South Africa's hosting of previous major sporting events proves that the Commonwealth Games in 2022 will be a success.

He says South Africa has proved it's pedigree in the past.

"Our organisation will be of the highest standard as amply demonstrated by the lovely World Cups in football, rugby and cricket."

The games will kick off on 18 July, the late Nelson Mandela's birthday.

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