IOC details African interest in Youth Olympics

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed that four African national Olympic committees have registered an interest in staging the 2022 Youth Olympic Games.

The IOC is seeking to stage the 2022 summer edition of the event in Africa in what would mark the first Olympic Games competition to be staged on the continent. Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have all expressed an interest in hosting the event.

Tunisia’s proposal has been put on hold after Israeli athletes were last month excluded from competing at the Taekwondo World Junior Championship in the country. The IOC said it would delay further evaluation of the proposal until the Tunisian Olympic Committee can provide “sufficient guarantees” from government authorities to ensure that all athletes across all competitions would be accepted.

The initial dialogue phase for the interested parties will end in July, at which point the IOC Executive Board will decide which proposals will be invited to take part in the candidature phase, based on the feasibility reports and visits.

IOC vice-president Ugur Erdener was last month appointed as chair of the organisation’s Evaluation Commission for the 2022 YOG and he will assist and guide the selection process to elect a host for the event.

The IOC Evaluation Commission 2022 will submit its report in September, with the host to be elected during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina the following month. Buenos Aires will host the 2018 YOG from October 6-18. The event was previously held in Singapore in 2010 and Nanjing, China in 2014.