Finally the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the hosting of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games to Senegal ahead of Nigeria, Botswana and Tunisia.
This is the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be organised in Africa.
In a statement by IOC and made available to Sportinglife.ng, the decision to award the rights to Senegal was taken unanimously on Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia and Botswana were in the running and, after thorough analysis, the Evaluation Commission and the Executive Board determined that Dakar, Senegal, presented the best value proposition and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time.
According to IOC, Dakar 2022 presented a visionary, ambitious and technically sound YOG project that addresses the long-term aims of the country. Senegal has a large youth population and views the YOG as a catalyst for engaging young people and developing the country’s sport and youth policy.
Significant investments are already being made toward youth and sport as part of the country’s overarching framework “Plan Sénégal émergent”, which sets out the President’s vision to 2035.
According to IOC President, Thomas Bach the continent of Africa is united to support Senegal.
The competitions and activities will be held across three cities, showing the many facets of Senegal: the historic capital of Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the natural beauty of Saly on the coast.
The decision took place during the 3rd edition of the Youth Olympic Games, currently taking place in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October.