Egypt to apply to host 2036 Olympic Games

A view of the city skyline and the River Nile from the Cairo Tower in the capital Cairo, Egypt December 5, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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CAIRO, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Egypt will bid to host the Summer Olympics in 2036, Egypt’s youth and sports minister said in a statement on Saturday, a bid that if successful would make it the first Arab or African nation would hosting the Summer Olympics event.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has given the green light for an application, Minister Ashraf Sobhi added during a reception for International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach in Cairo.

In the statement issued by Egypt’s cabinet, Bach was quoted as saying that Egypt’s sports infrastructure is capable of hosting the event.

The 2024 Summer Olympics will be held in Paris, followed by Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane, Australia in 2032.

The bid process to host the 2036 Olympics has not yet started while there have been reports of interest from countries including Germany, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, India and Qatar.

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Reporting by Osama Khairy and Moaz Abd-Alaziz Editing by Peter Graff

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