Durban ready for Olympics

THE successful hosting of six World Cup games in Durban showed the city could deliver a world-class Olympics if given the opportunity, said eThekwini municipality mayor Obed Mlaba yesterday.

THE successful hosting of six World Cup games in Durban showed the city could deliver a world-class Olympics if given the opportunity, said eThekwini municipality mayor Obed Mlaba yesterday.

"Having the wonderful games in Durban confirms that we are capable . if you give us the Olympics we can handle them," Mlaba said.

The last World Cup game in Durban will be played tonight between Spain and Germany at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

"Some were saying to me that this was the best World Cup," Mlaba said.

Various activities are planned leading to tonight's game, including a street carnival.

It starts from Curries Fountain Stadium and ends at the Fifa fan park on the beach front.

The parade consists of different nations, such as the Germans, Greeks, Spanish and Nigerians.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Phindile Radebe said police were more than ready for the semifinal.

"We have increased deployment in some areas because we are expecting very important guests for the semifinals."

Meanwhile, city manager Mike Sutcliffe believes that Durban would have to beef up its indoor, swimming and equestrian centres in order to get it ready to be the city to host the 2020 Olympics.

Sutcliffe said the city would also have to determine if it could afford to get Durban up to scratch.

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