Buenos Aires, October 8, 2018 – It's time for Africa! – says the message of the IOC members who have unanimously decided, at the session held on Monday in Buenos Aires, that Senegal will be hosting the fourth edition of Youth Olympic Games in 2022.

It will be the first time in the history of Olympism to have a host of the Olympic Games, albeit of this younger version of the Games, from the African continent.

Four African countries showed interest in hosting - Nigeria, Botswana, Tunisia and Senegal, and after a thorough analysis of the bids, the IOC’s Evaluation Commission and Executive Board found that Dakar, as a candidate for Senegal, presented the best offer and the greatest opportunities. Dakar 2022 is a visionary, ambitious and technically healthy project of the Youth Olympics, which deals with the long-term goals of the country as well. Senegal has a large population of young people and significant investments are already being implemented for young people and sports as part of the country’s comprehensive planning framework by 2035.

IOC’s President Thomas Bach said after the election: "Africa is united in supporting Senegal to become the host of the Youth Olympics 2022. With a young population and passion for sports, it’s time for Africa, time for Senegal".
The competitions and activities will take place in three cities, which will also show different aspects of Senegal - the historic heritage of the capital of Dakar, the natural beauties of the city of Sali by the coast and the specialties of the new city of Diamniadio.

Given the unifying strength of the Games, the IOC can count with pleasure on full support to the selected host city even by the three African counter-candidates. Besides the current host of the third Youth Olympic Games - Buenos Aires, the previous hosts were Singapore 2010 and Nanjing 2014. (IOC/vk)