YOG Day 2 – It’s time for Africa – Senegal the first African host for the Youth Olympics
Senegal will host the 2022 Youth Olympic Games. Photo: IOC
By Justin Kor in Buenos Aires
More than a century after the modern Olympics’ flame was first lit, the Games will now head to the cradle of humankind: Africa.
The Olympic Games will make its debut in Africa after Senegal was confirmed as the host of the next edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022.
At the 133rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session held in Buenos Aires, IOC president Thomas Bach officially conferred the honours to Senegal after the committee made a unanimous decision to bring the Games to Africa.
“Africa is united behind Senegal to host the Youth Olympic Games 2022. With a young population and a passion for sport, it is time for Africa, it is time for Senegal,” he said.
Senegal, also known as the ‘Gateway of Africa, beat out its regional rivals Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia to clinch the honours. The Games will be spread out over three cities: The capital city of Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio; and the coastal resort of Saly.
The IOC had noted that Senegal’s bid was in line with the national government’s strategic Emerging Senegal Plan, which aims to makes vast economic and infrastructure improvements in the country. The plan also included large investments into developing youth and sports.
“It’s about time that Africa host an Olympic event as I have always believed that for universality, we must go to Africa,” said IOC member Ng Ser Miang, who was on the IOC Executive Board which made the decision to propose Senegal as the hosts.
“We have every confidence that Senegal will do a good job. I am particularly pleased with Senegal as Dakar had hosted our YOG flame in 2010,” he added.
It is fitting that the YOG will move to Africa, which has never hosted an Olympic event before. The world’s second largest continent is also its youngest, with 60 per cent of the African population under the age of 25.
Addressing the IOC, Senegalese President Macky Sall said: “Senegal and its youth are proud of the honour conferred upon us to stage the YOG in 2022. Your decision is unprecedented in the history of the Olympic Games. It pays tribute to our continent and our country.”
Speaking to the Singapore National Olympic Council, Senegal National Olympic and Sports Committee President Mamadou Ndiaye played down the country’s win, declaring the decision as a triumph for the African continent instead.
“I’m very proud that Africa is hosting the Olympics for the first time. It is not a Senegal victory. I think it’s the victory of all Africans,” he said, adding that they will be taking inspiration from previous host cities like Singapore and Nanjing in organising the Games.
“I hope that the world can also take Senegal as a reference for future Games as well.”
Singaporeans in action on day two
Women’s Singles Group Stage – Grace King (GBR) beat Jasyln Hooi (SGP) 2-1
Men’s Singles Group Stage – Joel Koh (SGP) beat Vath Vaanthoun (CAM) 2-0
Women’s (Artistic) Vault Qualifications – Tamara Anika Ong scored 11.866. Did not qualify for the finals.
Mixed Two-Person Multihull Day 1 of 5 – Chia Teck Pin & Sophia Meyers are ranked 11th out of 15, after 1 of 12 races
Windsurfing Women’s Day 2 of 5 – Marsha Shahrin is ranked 9th out of 23, after 3 of 12 races
Windsurfing Men’s Day 2 of 5 – Alexander Lim is ranked 4th out of 24, after 3 of 12 races
Men’s Combined Qualifications – Mark Chan. Ranked 13th out of 21. Did not qualify for the finals
Men’s 200M Individual Medley Heats – Maximillian Ang (2:05:96|New Personal Best) Finished 12 out of 22. Did not qualify for finals
Women’s 100M Freestyle Heats – Christie Chue (56.92) Finished 16 out of 45. Qualified for semi-finals
Women’s 100M Freestyle Semi-finals – Christie Chue (57.29) Finished 15 out of 16. Did not qualify for finals
Men’s 100M Butterfly Heats – Ong Jung Yi (54.21) Finished 15 out of 47. Qualified for semi-finals
Men’s 100M Butterfly Semi-finals – Ong Jung Yi (54.70) Finished 16 out of 16. Did not qualify for finals
Women’s Single Group Stage – Goi Rui Xuan (SGP) beat Vovk Aleksandra (SLO) 4-0
Women’s Single Group Stage – Goi Rui Xuan (SGP) beat Alhodaby Marwa (EGY) 4-3
SGP qualified for Round of 16
Men’s Single Group Stage – Sgouropoulos Loannis (GRE) beat Koen Pang (SGP) 4-1
Men’s Single Group Stage – Koen Pang (SGP) beat Cedric Meissner (GER) 4-1
SGP qualified for Round of 16