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Forget London: Kenya and others bid for 2024 Olympics


David Lekuta Rudisha of Kenya celebrates with his country's national flag after winning gold and setting a new world record of 1.40.91 in the Men's 800m.


Streeter Lecka

Nairobi, Kenya has placed a bid with the International Olympic Committee to host the 2024 games. If they are chosen, Nairobi will be the first-ever African city to host the games, according to WebProNews. 

Along with its Olympic bid, the African nation also appealed to investors to "fund improvements to facilities that have helped to nurture some of the world's greatest distance runners," Reuters reported

Isaiah Kiplagat, chairman of Kenya's athletics federation, noted that the town of Iten in the Rift Valley had become like "a magic place" for athletes seeking the winning formula. GlobalPost originally reported on the tiny town at the start of the London Olympic games, noting its capacity to produce winners. The piece described: 

The little village of Iten, two kilometers above sea level in Kenya’s Western Province, is where more than 800 Kenyan runners, including world record holders and Olympic favorites, live and train. The tiny mountain town has become almost mythological in running circles, producing world-beaters year after year.

But in order to be a real Olympic contender, the small town must stretch a bit larger. Kiplagat noted to Reuters that, as it is, the town struggles to accommodate all the athletes who want to train there. "The facilities are not conducive, they are not good enough," he was quoted as saying.

Kenya will have some stiff competition for snagging the 2024 games. According to WebProNews, Washington, DC and France have also tossed their hats in the Olympic ring (or is that rings?). There has even been speculation that the US and Canada might co-host the 2024 games. 

Where would you like to see the next Olympic Games held?