It all begins with a dream...
Cape Town's bid for the 2016 Olympic games and Paralympic games will draw on all that Cape Town has to offer, by setting the
games at the very heart, of this, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Making use of some of Cape Town's most loved
historical landmarks and existing world class sports facilities this will be amongst the most memorable and most magical games
for Africa and for the World.
The football tournament held in some of the best world class stadia across South Africa used for the 2010 FIFA World Cup will climax in finals at the 40,000 seat Athlone Football Stadium 15km from the Olympic Park and the world renowned Newlands Rugby Stadium. Robben Island, the world heritage site on which Nelson Mandela was imprisoned will become the venue for shot put, providing a majestic view of Cape Town's most well known symbol, Table Mountain.
Ensuring the games have a distinct character, the games will also take advantage of some of Cape Town's most loved landmarks.
Cape Town's previously disadvantaged areas will receive maximum benefit from the games and world class indoor sports centres
at Mew Way, Phillpi East and Belhar will stage, the Boxing Competition, Basketball Prelims and Judo and Taekwondo Events,
ensuring that all of Cape Town experiences the joy, excitement and drama of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Central Cape Town is just 1 minute away by train via a new underground rail link to the city centre and the Olympic Spear
line. Five other rail and underground lines will form the basis of a comprehensive public transport system capable of moving
200,000 people an hour, quickly, efficiently and reliably.
And when the games are over Cape Town will have greatly needed sports facilities enabling it to host future African and World championships. The Olympic park will house a new world class institute of sports and the area will be transformed with the development of new parklands, homes and businesses, creating a sustainable community with sport at its heart. The 2016 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games will transform Cape Town and Cape Town will bring to the games the Capetonian flavour and creativity, the Western Cape's beauty and the South African passion for sport.
A JOURNEY TO LIGHT THE SKY