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Dakar 2022 Youth Olympic Games will now be Dakar 2026

The International Olympic Committee and the President of Senegal reached a consensus to postpone the Youth Olympic Games to 2026, and not to hold them in 2022 as originally planned, as a way of responding “responsibly and efficiently to current circumstances.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the suspension of sport practically throughout the world, or reduced it to a minimum, and naturally the measures of social distancing and suspension of non-priority activities have caused disruptions to schedules whose fulfillment is critical to success. from an event like the Dakar Games.

According to a statement issued this Wednesday by the IOC, the consensus was reached after the president of the highest entity in Olympic sport, Thomas Bach, welcomed the proposal originally formulated by Senegalese President Macky Salls.

The postponement of Dakar 2022 allows the IOC, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and the International Federations (IFs) to better plan their activities, which have been strongly affected by the postponement of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, by the subsequent postponements of major international sports events, and by the operational and financial consequences of the global health crisis” said the IOC through a press release.

The postponement means the disappearance of a fundamental goal for an entire generation of athletes, and this is assumed by those responsible for adding that “the IOC and Senegal understand that this news is disappointing for many young athletes”, but “appeal to their understanding.”

The IOC Executive Board approved the decision made by Bach and Salls, which will now be submitted to the opinion of the IOC members for ratification at the Session scheduled for Friday, July 17.

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