The International Olympic Committee (IOC) nominated Senegal as the host country for the 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022. It will be the first Olympic event in history to take place on the African continent.
One of the highlights of the YOG will be the leading rugby sevens teams competing against each other.
Rugby sevens made its debut at the 2014 YOG in Nanjing and was one of 32 sports at the 2018 Games in Buenos Aires.
The President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, recently declared “It is time for Africa – 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, a visionary, responsible and inspiring Youth Games.”
Senegal’s application was based on three sites: the capital, Dakar; the new city of Diamniadio; and the seaside resort of Saly.
Senegal’s project is tied to the country’s general development strategy, notably the national government’s “Emerging Senegal’’ plan, which envisions major economic and infrastructure improvements.
The 2022 Games will be the fourth edition of the Summer YOG and the seventh edition of the Youth Olympic Games.