Kenya hopes to become the first African country to host the Olympic Games with its recent 2024 bid. Its intentions were made known by Kenyan Prime Minister, Raila Odinga during an announcement recently. Prior to this, South Africa and Egypt both had failed attempts to host the Games in 2004 and 2008 respectively. However, Kenya plans to win its bid this time.
“Kenya had the confidence as far back as 1968 to consider bidding for the Olympics,” said Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga to the FInancial Times.
“That is the spirit we need to recapture. We need to bring back that confidence and say we can do it. It is necessary to take a look back at where we are coming from and where we want to go, because we have been drifting for too long,” he said.
Kenya is set to face stiff competition from prominent countries such as the United States with cities such as New York and San Francisco in the running.
Meanwhile, the International Olympics Committee recently remarked that though it was not aware of Kenya’s interest but added: “The [IOC] president has made it absolutely clear that we would love a good bid from Africa.”
We wish Kenya the best of luck with its bid and hope to see it make Africa proud in 2024.