GABORONE – The President of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (Anoca) General Lassana Palenfo has confirmed Algiers as hosts of the 2018 African Youth Games.
Palenfo handed over the Anoca flag to Algeria Olympic Committee president, Mustapha Berraf on Saturday at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Africa Youth Games in Botswana.
Anoca executive committee decided, by a wide majority, to entrust the organisation of the youth jamboree to Algeria, which presented an impeccable bid.
The final decision was made following an inspection tour of several scheduled venues by a high-level Anoca delegation in March this year.
Among the sports facilities they inspected were the local suburbs of Souidania, Koléa and Cheraga as well as the Mohamed-Boudiaf Olympic Complex and the Ouled Fayet Students’ Hostel, where athletes will stay during the Games.
The African Youth Games target the 14 to 18 age group, and is thought to contribute to the development of African sport and to the growth of Olympic values, as well as act as a trial run for the Olympic Games.
The 2018 African Youth Games will follow other major events that have been held in Algeria, including the 2007 All Africa Games.
Algiers 2018 will be the third edition of the quad-annual Games, following a maiden event held in Rabat, Morocco in July 2010, with the second version taking place in the Botswana capital of Gaborone from May 22 to 31.