The fourth edition of the summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) 2022 will be held in Dakar, Senegal.
The decision was unanimously taken on Monday during the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This is the first time the Youth Olympic Games will be staged in Africa.
Four African countries were in the running and after long deliberations, the evaluation commission and the executive board confirmed that Senegal presented the best value proposition and greater opportunities at this moment in time.
Senegal has a large youth population and views the YOG as a catalyst for engaging young people and developing the country’s sport and youth policy.
IOC president Thomas Bach said: “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.”
The competitions will be held across three cities, showing the many facets of Senegal; the capital Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio and Saly on the coast.
The decision to award Senegal the rights to host the 4th edition of the quadrennial event took place during its ongoing 3rd edition, which runs from October 6 to 18 in Argentina.