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Olympic Committee Would Be ‘Delighted’ With an African Host

Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- The International Olympic Committee would be “delighted” to award an African city the right to host the games, though the choice would be made on quality, not location, Jacques Rogge, the panel’s president, told reporters in Durban, South Africa.

“If two countries of equal quality qualify, we’d prefer to award the games to a region that hasn’t held the Olympics,” said Rogge, who was in South Africa for an IOC meeting. The country is “capable” of holding the games after proving itself while hosting soccer’s World Cup this year, he said.

Sam Ramsamy, president of South Africa’s National Olympic Committee, told reporters he wouldn’t disclose whether a city in his country would vie to host the 2020 Olympics, following reports in local media that Durban would make a bid.

“Bids have been received from South Korea, France and Germany. As to bids from South Africa, I will evade that question,” Ramsamy said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Latham in Durban at blatham@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net.

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