Egypt targets World Cup and Olympics

12 Jul 2018

The Egyptian government has announced that the country will bid to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup and the 2032 summer Olympic Games.

Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Ashraf Sobhy, confirmed at a press conference that the government is working towards securing only the second World Cup in Africa following the event in South Africa in 2010, and bringing the Olympics to the continent for the first time.

“We are preparing for several projects in the coming period in cooperation with sports stars in Egypt,” Sobhy said.

“Our goal is to host the 2030 World Cup in Egypt and we will work on that in the upcoming period. We also want to win the hosting rights for the 2032 Olympic Games.”

Sobhy also said that the government is working with the country’s national Olympic committee to strengthen the pool of potential athletes for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics.

“We have already embarked on the Olympic Champions sponsorship programme in cooperation with the Egyptian Olympic Committee,” he added. “The programme sponsors Olympic champions medically, physiologically and sports wise to prepare them for competition in tournaments.”

Earlier this month, the Algerian government confirmed that talks had taken place with Morocco and Tunisia about a potential joint bid for the 2030 World Cup. In June, Morocco said that it would pursue a sixth bid for the tournament after losing out to a North American bid for the 2026 edition of the competition.