National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Belarus
15 May 2018
IOC delegation visits Africa as part of 2022 Summer Youth Olympics bid process

An International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation has embarked on a 12-day trip to Africa as part of the selection process for the 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games.

The group left on May 8 and will return on May 20 after visiting Botswana, Nigeria and Senegal in that order.

It comes after the IOC agreed to proactively pursue African hosts for the Games at their Session before the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in February.

Nowhere in Africa has ever hosted an Olympic Games event before, but since then Gaborone, Abuja and Dakar, the respective capitals of Botswana, Nigeria and Senegal, have all come forward to express interest.

Tunis in Tunisia also hoped to enter the race but their potential candidacy has been put on hold until they have taken steps to end restrictions on Israeli athletes competing at events in the country.