Youth Olympics headed for Sene­gal

Vuk'uzenzele - - Advejrotbosrial -

DAKAR WILL come alive and make his­tory in 2022 when young peo­ple from all over the world flock to the city in a quest of good sports­man­ship.

Sene­gal will be fly­ing their flag high as the host na­tion for the 4th Sum­mer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.

The event which takes place ev­ery four years will be hosted on African soil for the first time.

Three other African coun­tries namely Botswana, Tu­nisa and Nige­ria were also on the short­list to host the Olympics but Sene­gal emerged as the win­ner.

The an­nounce­ment to host YOG was made by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC).

“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,” the IOC said in a state­ment.

Botswana, the small­est of the four can­di­date coun­tries, pro­posed a com­pelling project based in the cap­i­tal Gaborone that would help achieve the coun­try’s longterm vi­sion for young peo­ple and sport.

Nige­ria 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 the sea­side tourist re­sort of Yas­mine-Ham­mamet. The project’s vi­sion is in line with the gov­ern­ment’s goal to em­power young peo­ple.”

In tak­ing its de­ci­sion, the IOC recog­nised that Sene­gal of­fers a strong project and the great­est op­por­tu­ni­ties at this mo­ment in time.

The coun­try’s bid tied closely with the West African coun­try’s over­ar­ch­ing devel­op­ment strat­egy in line with the 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.”

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