Breaking News: Egypt To Bid For 2036 Olympics – Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi
Egypt aspires to be the first African country to host the Olympics. The Olympic Games is the biggest sporting event in the world. Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi has announced that Egypt will bid for the 2036 Olympics, aiming to be the first African country to host the event. Breaking News: Egypt to bid for 2036 Olympics – Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi reveals.
Egypt is ready to throw its hat into the ring by submitting an official application to the International Olympic Committee, according to Sobhi as reported by Sky News Arabia
Officials in Egypt acknowledged that they were “currently working on compiling a complete file in this regard to be presented together with the planned request” to the International Olympic Committee.
Egyptian Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi has confirmed Egypt’s intention to bid for the Olympic Games in 2036.
According to Sky News Arabia, Sobhi feels the new development will strengthen Egypt’s goal, but officials will still analyze technical, logistical, and budgetary concerns before submitting an official submission to the IOC.
After ranking third out of five bids in the 1997 ballot, Cape Town, South Africa, was the last African city to bid for the Olympics, losing out to Athens, Greece, for the 2004 Games.
South Africa was also mentioned as a possible host for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics, but no bid was submitted.
When Dakar hosts the Youth Olympic Games in 2026, Senegal will become the first African country to host the event.
Thomas Bach said “at the beginning of my term [in 2013], I had a dream that the Olympic games would be hosted in Africa in my tenure but it is not going to be possible, unfortunately,” said Bach, as reported by the Nigerian newspaper Premium Times.“I hope that by 2036 or 2040 – which would be when I am out of office – an African country will enter into dialogue with the IOC to organise the Olympic Games.“It is really important to see the games in Africa, but the ball at the moment is in the court of the African countries.”Egypt has participated in 23 Summer Olympic Games since making its debut at Stockholm 1912, winning eight gold, 11 silver and 19 bronze medals.The nation boycotted the Games in 1932 and 1980.The 2036 Olympics is set to be the second edition of the Summer Games awarded under the IOC’s revived process whereby the Future Host Commission engages in targeted dialogue with selected countries.For the 2032 Games, it recommended Brisbane be installed as preferred host, which it was by the Executive Board, before it was confirmed as host by the IOC Session.Brisbane was the only potential host put forward to the Session.”