Senegal set to host Youth Olympics and become first African host of Olympic event

Senegal is set to become the first African nation to host an Olympic event after the IOC executive board recommended it to host the Youth Olympics in 2022.

The proposal is based on the report of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC Vice-President Uğur Erdener. Three other countries were nominated: Tunisia, Botswana and Nigeria.

Senegal’s candidature is centred on three locations: the capital city, Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly. The IOC says the project is consistent with the West African country’s overarching development strategy, notably the national government’s “Emerging Senegal’’ plan, which envisions major economic and infrastructure improvements.

IOC president Thomas Bach said, “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.”

The IOC Session in PyeongChang this February unanimously decided that the next edition of the Youth Olympic, the fourth edition of the competition, would be awarded to the African continent. The host for the 2022 Youth Olympics will be formally elected at the 133rd IOC Session in Buenos Aires on 8 and 9 October.