Pledge to fight for Olympic Games in Africa

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 September, 2013, 3:57am


Taiwanese boxing chief Wu Ching-kuo, who is seeking the presidency of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), pledged yesterday to hold an Olympic Games in Africa if elected.

"The Olympic Games have taken place on all five continents but Africa, and therefore I will do my utmost to help bring about an African Games," Wu said.

Cape Town in South Africa bid in 1997 to host the 2004 Summer Olympics, but the event went to Athens.

Wu said that if elected, he would strive to find an African candidate in the last year of his tenure in 2021, when the host of the 2020 Games will be chosen.

"Africa's athletic performance and the resources it has access to are really disproportionate," he said.

Wu, 65, will take on five others hoping to succeed outgoing president Jacques Rogge at an election in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

They are Germany's Thomas Bach, Ng Ser Miang of Singapore, Puerto Rican banker Richard Carrion, Denis Oswald from Switzerland and Sergei Bubka of Ukraine.

Wu has said that if elected, he would serve only eight years, given the huge workload. According to IOC rules, the president is allowed to run for another four years after an eight-year term. He also wants to increase the maximum permitted number of IOC members by 15 to a total of 130.