For the first time an African country, Egypt is officially bidding for 2036 summer Olympics. The Egyptian National Olympic Committee (ENOC) announced on the 24 th of September, that “the president officially endorsed the country’s bidding effort for the Olympics.” The announcement was made right after Thomas Bach, the president of International Olympic committee, visited Egypt. On the 23rd of September, Mr. Bach began his two-day visit by inspecting the new main stadium and the other sports venues that Egypt is currently building near Cairo.
After checking the facilities in the new “international Olympic city,” Mr. Bach met with the Egyptian president, Abdul al-Sisi. Shortly after the meeting, the presidential palace announced that “the president of the IOC thought highly of the international Olympic city, and is now confident that the country can successfully host the Olympics. Egypt recently had successful experiences hosting the 2019 African Cup of Nations, and the 2021 World Men’s Handball Championship.
The country also has plans to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. However, Egypt has to overcome other major countries in the bidding war for the Olympics. Countries like Indonesia, China, Italy, Germany, Spain, and Russia also expressed interest in hosting the Olympics in 2036.