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Egypt announces it’s considering bid to host 2036 Olympics

Cairo’s sports minister says president has okayed move; would be first African or Arab nation to host competition

File: Olympic Rings are pictured in front of The Olympic House, headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the opening of the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8, 2022. (Laurent Gillieron/Pool via AP)
File: Olympic Rings are pictured in front of The Olympic House, headquarters of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the opening of the executive board meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in Lausanne, Switzerland, September 8, 2022. (Laurent Gillieron/Pool via AP)

CAIRO — Egypt is planning to apply to host the 2036 Olympic Games, sports minister Ashraf Sobhi said on Saturday during a reception for IOC president Thomas Bach in Cairo.

“President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi has given his permission for Egypt to put itself forward as host for the 2036 Olympics,” Sobhi said.

If successful with its bid, Egypt would become the first African or Arab nation to host the Olympics.

“Egypt has solid sporting infrastructures and if it can host the Olympic Games, it will be historic,” Bach said during a joint press conference with Sobhi.

An Egyptian official announced earlier in the month that Egypt, Greece, and Saudi Arabia were in talks to jointly host the 2030 World Cup.

Egypt staged the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as last year’s handball world championship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A picture taken on December 17, 2017, shows a view of the skyline of the Egyptian city of Giza, twin to the capital Cairo as seen from the Cairo Tower. (AFP/Mohamed El-Shahed)

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