The country of Senegal is set to make history by announcing that they will be the first African country to host Youth Olympics in 2022.
The news was announced by the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina, after beating out various countries, including Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia to host the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
In a press release, the IOC said Senegal was chosen because it provided the “best value proposition and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time.”
The competition will be held in three cities: Senegal’s capital Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio, which is currently under development, and Saly on the coast.
“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,” Senegal’s President Macky Sall said in a statement.
“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.”
— Olympics (@Olympics) October 8, 2018
According to BBC, apart from Antarctica, Africa is the only continent in the world to have never hosted the Olympic Games.
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