The IOC Executive Board (EB) yesterday (Friday) made the decision to propose Senegal as host for the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022. Senegal saw off bids from Nigeria, Tunisia and Botswana to win hosting rights of the first Olympic Games on the African continent.
The host will be (formally) elected by the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in October. This proposal is based on the report of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC Vice-President Uğur Erdener. Erdener says:
“The IOC was fortunate to have four quality partners representing the African continent in the YOG 2022 Host Selection Process. All four candidates have the capability of delivering successful Youth Olympic Games and offer many opportunities:
Botswana, the smallest of the four candidate countries, proposed a compelling project based in the capital Gaborone that would help achieve the country’s long-term vision for young people and sport.
Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, proposed a very solid and compact project in the capital Abuja, a project also fully aligned with the national sports and youth strategy.
Tunisia presented a robust project involving Tunis, La Soukra, Radès and the seaside tourist resort of Yasmine-Hammamet. The project’s vision is in line with the government’s goal to empower young people.”
According to the IOC, Senegal’s project is tied in with its overarching development strategy, notably the national government’s “Emerging Senegal’” plan, which envisions major economic and infrastructure improvements.
‘It’s time for Africa!’
IOC President Thomas Bach states: “It is time for Africa…Africa is the home of many successful and prominent Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to Senegal. They have offered a project based on a strong vision for youth and sport. There are many opportunities, and we will endeavour to deliver together, as part of a strong partnership, visionary, responsible and inspiring Youth Games”.
In PyeongChang, the IOC Session in February this year unanimously decided that the next edition of the Youth Olympic Games in 2022 would be awarded to the African continent.
At a video presentation held in Abuja in May, the Nigerian delegation comprising the Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung; the Permanent Secretary, Adesola Olusade; the Nigeria Olympic Committee President, Engr Habu Gumel; officials of the Ministry of Youth and Sports; and the Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria officially made a proposal to the International Olympic Committee to host the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.
Dalung said at that time:
“I want to commend the IOC for developing a mechanism for Africa to be taken along through the changes introduced in the organization of the Youth Olympics.
“I want to assure you that the capacity of the country to deliver is not in doubt.
“We will ensure that we package a brand of the Youth Games which after 2022, will set an agenda for the IOC to emulate.”
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