Nationals were severely disheartened when it was announced that South Africa would not be bidding for the 2020 Olympics as result of other “pressing issues” that bogged the country. Fortunately Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is now trying to seize a bid. It appears that the cabinet shall make a decision by this month.South African Olympic Committee chief executive Tubby Reddy confirmed that as it stands, South Africa does not have a bid so Mbalula shall have to state his case to the cabinet. Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth are possible host cities but Durban is most likely to play host if we win the bid. As it stands, cities such as Rome, Tokyo and Madrid have already announced that they are bidding. Adamant opposition to Madrid candidacy has stemmed from Madrid’s state of recession. USA is also hoping to join the fray.
The incredible efficiency and professionalism displayed by South Africa with regards to the 2010 World Cup was amazing to say the least. FIFA gave the event a fantastic rating. That in itself dissolved question marks regarding the nation’s prowess and ability to put on events of an international magnitude.
It is a no brainer that there are immense benefits for South Africa hosting the Olympics regardless of capitalistic implications. Bottom line is job opportunities shall arise and copious amounts of cash will be pumped into the country which equates to bringing us closer to a harnessed economy. Some may argue that we have other issues such as poverty and crime that we should address instead of hosting fancy schmancy events. Those concerns are noted however we need to look at the bigger picture.
For South Africa to be taken seriously as a fore runner of the global village rather than perpetually embedded with connotations of political strife and romantic notions of Africa skies, we have to associate ourselves with international events. It may not be the driving force but it certainly assists us by propelling us further towards that utopian day of achieving first world status.
Once more the bigger picture insinuates that in this regard South Africa will attract opportunity from international business prospects which in turn helps by bringing in more revenue. If we have more revenue, dogging issues can be tackled more efficiently.
Let us not be penny wise and pound foolish and keep our fingers crossed for South Africa to be allowed to bid and ultimately play host to one of the most prestigious happenings on the planet.