Sam could lead SA bid for 2022 Games- 17 Nov 2011 00:00:00
South Africa's Gideon Sam, the new vice-president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, has hinted that his promotion to the high ranking position could help him to lead a bid from his country for the 2022 Commonwealth Games – according to insidethegames.
Sam was elected to one of the two Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) vice-presidency slots, along with Canada's Bruce Robertson.
With Australia set to host the event for the fifth time in 2018, the CGF are keen to take the competition to new territories, with South Africa thought to be a particular preference after the country successfully staged the FIFA 2010 World Cup.
According to media reports, Sam revealed that discussions about a potential bid from either Johannesburg or Durban are currently on the table.
Durban had been widely tipped to launch a bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics but the plan was abandoned after the Government refused to back it.
Sam, who is also President of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), said: ‘As a continent, we have not given up the dream of hosting these [Commonwealth] Games and when you are inside these international boards, you are afforded the opportunity to better understand the dynamics at play in international sport.’
‘For example, South Africa's Sam Ramsamy is an International Olympic Committee member and through his efforts, we were able to host the IOC Session in Durban recently.’
‘So it is always an advantage to be closer to where the decision making takes place. We have always held strong views about the Commonwealth Games and we will continue to do so.’