Cape's bid for Games supported

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 April, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 April, 1997, 12:00am

Africa's Supreme Council for Sport has endorsed Cape Town's bid to host the 2004 Olympic Games - a major boost since the council has 23 of the International Olympic Committee's 106 votes.

Cape Town needs 54 votes to win when the venue is selected in September.

Africa and South America are the only two continents yet to host the games. Competing with Cape Town are Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, San Juan, Stockholm, Rome, Athens, Istanbul, St Petersburg, Lille and Seville.

Cape Town's multi-billion-rand bid aims to re-mould the destiny of the city.

The project's team leader, deputy city planner Peter de Tolly, who was involved in the revitalisation of the city centre and waterfront, said: 'If you look at the civic structure of the city of the past 350 years, there are things which contain the essence of what makes this a great place. Now it is one of our responsibilities to create a new framework for the next 350 years.'


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