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Date : 09 Oct 2018
Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 9, 2018: Senegal will be the first African host of any Olympic Games after it was awarded the right to host the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2022.
Dakar, the capital city, will host the Youth Olympic Games. It will be the first time that these Games will be held in Africa with the first two editions being held in Asia (Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014) and the third ongoing in Buenos Aires.
The decision was unanimous, taken by a show of hands, from the full International Olympic Committee membership during the IOC session in Buenos Aires.
Four African countries had been in the running – Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia – and, after a 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.
Senegal’s large youth population had a huge bearing on the decision taken by the IOC Executive Board.
“Africa is united behind Senegal to host the Youth Olympic Games 2022. With a young population and a passion for sport it is time for Africa, it is time for Senegal,” declared IOC President Thomas Bach.
The President of Senegal, Macky Sall, who had made the journey to Buenos Aires for the historic decision, said: “Senegal and its young people are proud of the honour you have bestowed upon us, in entrusting the organisation of the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to our country.
“In fact, it is the whole of Africa, the birthplace of humankind through its history and the youngest continent through its demographics, which will welcome the young athletes of the world in 2022,” President Sall added.
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