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UPDATED: 20:23, July 07, 2005
Official: Kenya not ready to bid for 2016 Olympics
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Kenya is not ready to bid for the 2016 Olympics because it lacks modern sports facilities, funding and has a dilapidated transport system, Kenyan Olympic chief said Thursday.

"We're not ready to host the Olympics. Instead we should first go for games like the world cross country, which we're bidding to host (in 2007)," said Tom Omuombo, secretary-general of the National Olympic Committee shortly after London won the bid to host the 2012 Games.

In January, sports minister Ochillo Ayacko said that Kenya plans to bid for the 2016 Olympics and bring the games to Africa for the first time.

The East African nation has dominated the long-distance track events at the Olympics since the 1970s.

There were no African bids for the 2012 Olympics, which were contested between Paris, New York, London, Madrid and Moscow.

The bidding process for the 2016 Games won't begin until 2007, with the host city chosen in 2009.

Cape Town finished third in the voting for the 2004 Olympics, which was held in Athens, Greece. And Cairo was eliminated in the early stages of the campaign for 2008.

Source: Xinhua

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