Since the Ancient Olympic Games was modernized and became open to all, Africa is yet to get an opportunity to host one of the most watched Sporting events in the world.
The issue of bidding to host the Olympic games became so political and corrupt such that Africa will need to put extraordinary effort to host the Olympic Games. In August 2004, the BBC aired a documentary entitled Panorama: Buying the Games, which investigated the taking of bribes in the bidding process for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The documentary claimed it was possible to bribe IOC members to vote for a particular city.
Although critics feel Africa does not have the type of stadium that is capable of containing the targeted capacity. But capacity of stadium may not just be the reason why Africa has not been able to host the Olympic Games.
The Beijing 2008 Olympics was hosted at the Beijing National Stadium which has a capacity of 91,000. The London 2012 Olympic Games was hosted at the Wembley stadium with capacity of 90,000, while the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games was hosted at the Maracana stadium which has a capacity of 78,838.
Interestingly, the FNB or the Soccer City stadium located in Johannesburg in South Africa which was upgraded before the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has a capacity of 94,736. Making it bigger than the last two stadiums and the Maracana stadium which is expected to host the Rio 2016 Olympics.
These findings clearly show that the issue of Africa not being able to host the Olympic Games is far beyond the availability of stadiums that is capable of containing the large crowd coming from various parts of the world to cheer her athletes to victory during the event.
Another school of thought may argue that insecurity could also be another reason, but the world trouped to Africa for the FIFA 2010 World Cup and there was no reported cases of insecurity of lives during the event, so how do we reconcile this.
Africa is a patient continent, hoping that someday she will be given the opportunity to host the Olympic Games, just as an opportunity was given to her by the World governing football body to host the World Cup.
But has Africa done enough to host the Olympics? The answer may just be that Africa has not done much, since the bid for Olympics was thrown open, only Cape Town in South Africa has bidded to host the Olympics in 2004, alongside Stockholm, Rome and Buenos Aires.
However, there are strong indications signalling that Africa will become a major contender for the 2028 Olympics. This is based on the fact that Morocco has started the construction of an 80,000 seat stadium in preparation for a 2028 Summer Olympics bid.
According to Odyssey Nairobi the capital of Kenya is also looking to bid for the host of the 2028 Summer Olympic Games. The bid coincides with Vision 2030, Kenya’s development plan to become a “middle-income country providing a high quality life to all its citizens by the year 2030.” The strong contender of the African contingent bidding the host the 2028 Summer Olympics is Johannesburg, South Africa.
Cape Town, South Africa which emerged as third out of five finalist candidate cities in its bid to host the 2004 Summer Olympic Games could also use this opportunity to rekindle its desire to host the Olympics, after successfully hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2010. May be this time around they could be lucky.