Tutu with sculpture

Cape Times Article   3/17/97

Washington - Archbishop Tutu and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young are hopeful Cape Town will be chosen to host the 2004 Olympic Games, saying South Africa owes the world a big party for helping to end apartheid rule.
"What better opportunity for the Olympics to take place in a country which the world has helped to change," Archbishop Tutu said yesterday after receiving a sculpture, Olympic Africa, by American sculptor Tim Holmes. Archbishop Tutu also received the Henry W. Edgerton Civil Liberties Award from the American Civil Liberties Union, the group's highest award.
Mr. Young said: "South Africa can count on the American vote. President Bill Clinton will do anything to help South Africa get the games ... the worlds needs the games in Cape Town for the 21st century."
Accepting his award, Archbishop Tutu said: "The Olympics have never been held on African soil. It will be fabulous to have the Olympics in Africa in 2004. We are going to need the support of Americans to bring the games to Africa.
"An honour that comes to me is not personal, it is representative," he said after receiving the award and the bronze sculpture aimed at helping Cape Town publicise its Olympic bid.
He said Mr. Holmes' sculpture symbolised the kind of support South Africa needed to beat the other cities and host the games.
The sculpture depicts the Olympic logo represented as four athletes, a man, woman, and a young boy and girl, carved on top of each other "as a symbol of human development."
Flanked by Mr. Young and Archbishop Tutu, Mr. Holmes said South Africa needed the Olympics to complete its miracle transition to democracy.

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