The 4th Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022 will be hosted by Senegal, announced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Monday. Until now no Olympic event has been held in Africa and one of the main attractions would be the leading rugby sevens teams to compete against each other.
Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard, CEO and founder of APO Group, said it will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase rugby sevens in the continent.
APO is the main official sponsor of World Rugby African Association, Rugby Africa, and Nicolas recollected saying in 2002 just six countries from the continent played the sport, but now there are 38 African countries into it. Across the world some 105 countries play rugby.
In Youth Olympic Games Rugby sevens debuted in 2014 in Nanjing and this year, at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, it is among the 32 sports of the event.
The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, said lately Africa is a continent of youth and this is the reason the Youth Olympic Games 2022 has been taken to Senegal, which has offered a project that is based on a strong vision for the youth as well as for the sport.
The country’s application was based on capital city Dakar, seaside resort of Saly and new city of Diamniadio.
Nicolas added by 2100 Africa will have 40 percent of world’s population, about 4.5 billion inhabitants, and so international sports federations need to focus here.
The fourth Summer Youth Olympic Games 2022 will be seventh edition of Youth Olympic Games.