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Nigeria Loses 2022 Olympic Games Rights To Senegal

Nigeria may have lost the hosting rights for the 4th Summer Youth

Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022 to Senegal, which submitted a better

proposal.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hinted this development in a

release in Abuja on Saturday.

Nigeria, Botswana, Tunisia and Senegal bided, but the IOC Executive

Board (EB) on Friday made the decision to propose Senegal as host for

the Games in 2022.

The host will be elected by the IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina

on Oct. 8 and 9.

This proposal is based on the report of the International Olympic

Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission, chaired by IOC Vice-President

Uğur Erdener.

Erdener said: “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.

“Nigeria proposed a very solid and compact project in Abuja, a project

also fully aligned with the national sports and youth strategy.

“Botswana proposed a compelling project based in the capital Gaborone

that would help achieve the country’s long-term vision for young

people and sport.

“Tunisia presented a robust project involving Tunis, La Soukra, Radès

and the seaside tourist resort of Yasmine-Hammamet.

“The project’s vision is in line with the government’s goal to empower

young people”.

However, in taking its decision, the IOC Executive Board recognised

that Senegal offers a strong project and the greatest opportunities at

this moment in time.

“The candidature is centered on three locations: the capital city,

Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly.

“Senegal’s project is tied in with the West African country’s

overarching development strategy, notably the national government’s

“Emerging Senegal” plan, which envisions major economic and

infrastructure improvements”, Erdener concluded.

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.

“There are many opportunities, and we will endeavour to deliver

together, as part of a strong partnership, visionary, responsible and

inspiring Youth Games”.

It may be recalled that, in PyeongChang, the IOC Session in February

this year unanimously decided that the next edition of the Youth

Olympic Games in 2022 would be awarded to the African continent.

The process has been collaborative, and the IOC was impressed by the

quality and thoroughness of each party’s submissions.

The IOC said it would like to particularly praise the level of

involvement and positive response of all four National Olympic

Committees and the public authorities concerned.

The Youth Olympic Games 2022 in Africa will make history as the first

Olympic event on the continent.

The Host Selection Process was shorter than previous processes, and

reduced cost and complexity for the Interested/Candidate Parties.

Considering the unifying power of the Games, the IOC also said it was

pleased to count on the four parties, which all promised to endorse

the decision of the IOC and pledged full support to the selected host.

Following the IOC Session’s endorsement and the signing of the Host

Contract in Buenos Aires, Senegal will enter a Co-construction phase

with the IOC to build the detailed Senegal 2022 Edition Plan.

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