Senegal becomes first African host of Olympic event

Senegal has been confirmed as the host of the 2022 summer Youth Olympic Games at the 133rd IOC Session in Buenos Aires. The country has thus become the first African host of any Olympic event.

“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,” said IOC president Thomas Bach.

Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia were also in the running to host the Games but Senegal was deemed by the IOC Evaluation Commission and the Executive Board to represent the best option. The Youth Games will be held across three cities in Senegal: Dakar; Diamniadio and Saly.

Senegalese President Macky Sall 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.”