The African National Congress is starting its “dispute resolution process” in a bid to address the a.
THE SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee board yesterday took a decision to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games.
The Olympic body has also encouraged potential host cities to submit their plans.
And soccer boss Irvin Khoza, who served on the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee as chairperson, is excited by Sascoc's decision to bid for the 2020 Games.
"That is the best way to go for us as a country," Khoza said yesterday.
"There is no doubt in my mind that we will host the Olympics in great style like we did with the 2010 Fifa World Cup."
Sascoc chief executive Tubby Reddy said after their board meeting yesterday: "I can confirm that in light of President Jacob Zuma's comments we met to take this decision. The way forward would be to engage government and key stakeholders, but our intention is to provide a world-class city capable of hosting Africa's first Olympic Games in 2020."
Johannesburg and Durban have emerged as early favourites to host the Games.
This is the second time South Africa will be bidding after Cape Town lost out to Athens for the 2004 Olympics.
Khoza said: "Our continent has proved beyond reasonable doubt that it equally capable of hosting this major global event.
"Prior to the World Cup, there were many pessimists but we silenced them.
"Danny Jordaan (LOC chief executive officer) and I worked this road of preparing for the World Cup for over four years and we are happy it's a job well done.
"We were not surprised when Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave us nine out of 10 marks.
"Our government gave us the guidance throughout the process. South Africa won't have to start from zero in the Olympics."
President Zuma, Blatter and International Olympic Committee boss Jacques Rogge are among the world leaders who have been urging SA to bid for the Olympics.