IOC picks Senegal as first African host for Youth Olympics

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.

Senegal President Macky Sall was present on Monday to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board’s preference from four candidates.

Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.

Sall said the government-backed project will build a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium.

The games will be held in May or June, at the end of the dry season to “greatly reduce the prevalence of tropical diseases,” IOC vice-president Ugur Erdener told the membership.

Erdener pointed to Senegal’s “booming economy” and better conditions than the other bidders from…

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