Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister Honourable Dr Kirsty Coventry has been appointed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the chairperson of the Senegal Youth Olympic Games coordination committee 2022.

As chairperson of the Senegal YOG coordination commission 2022, Zimbabwe’s chef de mission to the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kirsty will be working even more closely with our Senegal family to create a successful African Olympics.

The fourth edition of the summer YOG 2022 will be held in Dakar, Senegal.

This is the first time the games will be organised in Africa.

The decision was unanimously taken on Monday by a show of hands from the full IOC membership during the the 3rd edition of the YOG IOC session, currently taking place in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October.

Four African countries, Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia were in the running and, after thorough analysis, the evaluation commission and the executive board determined that Dakar, Senegal, presented the best value proposition and the greatest opportunities at this moment in time.

Dakar 2022 presented a visionary, ambitious and technically sound YOG project that addresses the long-term aims of the country.

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.

Meanwhile, Team Africa won a bronze medal at the ongoing Youth Olympic Games.

The team had 5 athletes from Egypt, Mauritius, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwean athlete Brainghar Clark contributed very well to the medal.