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 a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be built for the government-backed project. The games budget is estimated at $150 million, the IOC executive director of Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi, said at a news conference. Senegal’s games are likely to be held in late May. This would be 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 Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia. The construction project includes a rail link and an athletes village which will become university accommodation. “It is not required to have a detailed budget at this stage,” Erdener said, though noting that Senegal’s government has “full understanding of the magnitude” of its task. One… Read full this story
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