By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya will throw its support behind Senegal in
its bid to host the 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
and Tunisia have also bid to stage the Youth Games, which are
held every four years.
The winner will be
revealed at a session of the International Olympic Committee
(IOC) in Buenos Aires in October, where this year’s Youth
Olympic Games will be taking place.
Speaking in Nairobi
on Saturday, Paul Tergat, the president of the National Olympic
Committee of Kenya (NOCK), said it will be a great honor for
Africa to host the prestigious competition.
“The Youth Olympics
Games are important in nurturing tomorrow’s sporting stars and
Africa will now prove it is capable of hosting the main Olympics
soon. We support Senegal.”
The host country
will be selected based on a report from the IOC Evaluation
Commission, chaired by IOC Vice-President Ugur Erdener.
IOC President Thomas
Bach has backed the idea of Africa hosting the next edition of
the Games after Buenos Aires.
“It is time for
Africa. Africa is the home of many successful and prominent
Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we
want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to
Senegal,” said Bach in a statement to media on Saturday.
“Senegal offered a
project based on a strong vision for youth and sport. There are
many opportunities, and we will endeavor to deliver together, as
part of a strong partnership, a visionary, responsible and
inspiring Youth Games”.
Erdener added that
Botswana, the smallest of the four candidate countries, proposed
a compelling project based in the capital Gaborone that would
help achieve the country’s long-term vision for young people and
“Nigeria proposed a
very solid and compact project in the capital Abuja, a project
also fully aligned with the national sports and youth strategy,
while Tunisia presented a robust project involving Tunis, La
Soukra, Rades and the seaside tourist resort of Yasmine-Hammamet.”