Senegal to host 2022 Youth Olympic Games

By News Agency Of Nigeria

The fourth edition of the summer version of the Youth Olympic Games of 2022 (YOG) will be held in the Senegalese capital city of Dakar, it has been officially confirmed.

The decision was unanimously taken on Monday by a show of hands from the full International Olympic Committee (IOC) membership during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

This is the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be organised in Africa.

Four African countries were in the running for the hosting rights and, after thorough analysis, both the committee’s Evaluation Commission and the Executive Committee took a decision.

They determined that Dakar presented the best value proposition and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time, better than what the three other countries of Nigeria, Tunisia and Botswana presented.

The IOC, in announcing the decision, said Dakar 2022 presented a visionary, ambitious and technically-sound YOG project which addresses the long-term aims of the country.

“Senegal has a large youth population and views the YOG as a catalyst for engaging young people and developing the country’s sports and youth policy.

“Significant investments are already being made towards youths and sports as part of the country’s overarching framework `Plan Sénégal émergent’, which sets out the President’s vision to 2035.’’

Commenting also, IOC President Thomas Bach said: “Africa is united behind Senegal to host the Youth Olympic Games 2022.

“With a young population and a passion for sports, it is time for Africa, it is time for Senegal.

“Considering the unifying power of the Games, the IOC is pleased to count on the four parties, who have all endorsed the decision of the IOC and pledged full support to the selected host.’’

The decision took place during the 3rd edition of YOG, currently holding in Buenos Aires from Oct. 6 to Oct. 18.

The competitions and activities will be held across three cities, showing the many facets of Senegal.

These are the historic capital of Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio and the natural beauty of Saly on the coast.

The President of Senegal, Macky Sall, who made the journey to Buenos Aires for the historic IOC decision, was ecstatic.

“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.’’

Source World Stage


The 52nd edition of the Geneva International Challenge Meet is set for this weekend, with several key international swimmers set to compete. Last year’s meet saw a large French contingency take on the multi-national competition, while this year’s will play host to several Club des swimmers of Marseille (CNM) athletes. Mehdy Metella, Melanie Henique, Clement Mignon and Oussama Sahnoune are just a few of the French contenders vying for meet titles across the 3-day affair.

Sahnoune, who represents Algeria internationally, had a particularly good 2018, having won the 100m freestyle gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain. The 26-year-old earned a time of 48.00 to notch a new Algerian National Record, while also taking silver in the 50m free in 21.96.

Youth Olympic Games breakout star Thomas Ceccon of Italy will make his presence known in Geneva on multiple occasion, having entered in the 50m/100m free, 100m fly, 200m IM and 100m back. Ceccon ranks as the top seed in both the 100m back and 50m free.

In Buenos Aires last year, soon-to-be-18-year-old Ceccon captured 5 medals, including individual 50m free gold.

Another young Italian in Northwestern University-bound Federico Burdisso is also listed as competing this weekend, taking on the 50m/100m/200m fly, 50m/100m free and 200m IM.

Swiss athlete Jeremy Desplanches will lead the men’s 200m IM field and is also set to contest the 200m back.

A small Scottish contingency is also set to take the stage, with Kathryn Goodburn, Jasmin Smith, Ellie Reilly and Rosie Morgan among the women and Ryan Robertson, Iain Lovie, Stephen Clegg and Mark Ford among the men. All are members of either Scottish Swimming’s National Senior Squad or National Youth Squad.

Although Italian standout Simona Quadarella was listed on the meet’s promotional material, the 20-year-old is absent from the start lists published on the meet’s site.