The Youth Olympic Games (Joj), which should have taken place in 2022 in Senegal, have been postponed to 2026, announced Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this Wednesday at a press conference telephone. He said the IOC and the Organizing Committee had agreed to the postponement.
In a statement, the boss of World Olympism said: “The proposal was made by the Senegalese President Macky Sall during a telephone conversation with Thomas Bach two days ago. This decision has been approved by the IOC Executive Board and will be subject to ratification by the IOC session to be held on videoconference on Friday. Simple formality. ”
“A report that meets the requirement of responsibility and a concern for efficiency”
“President Macky Sall’s proposal was indeed welcomed by Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, after in-depth discussions on the subject. This postponement meets the requirement of responsibility and the concern for efficiency that the current circumstances demand, ”reads.
“The postponement of Dakar 2022 allows the IOC, the National Olympic Committees (Cno) and the International Federations (Fi) to better plan their activities, strongly affected by the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the subsequent postponements of major international sports competitions as well as the operational and financial consequences of the global health crisis, ”continues the source.
The host country could also gain from this delay. “At the same time, it allows Senegal to continue the excellent preparations for the Youth Olympic Games. The two leaders, who welcome the progress achieved, have with one voice renewed their confidence in the president of the Dakar 2022 organizing committee, Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye, member of the IOC in Senegal, and remain fully determined to make these Games Youth Olympics, the first Olympic competition in Africa, a complete success. ”
Macky Sall: “Making Dakar 2026 a success that will be remembered”
The competition is reserved for young athletes aged between 15 and 18 years, obviously many will be foreclosed in 2026. Hence the message of the world body. “The CIO and Senegal are aware that for many young athletes, this news will be disappointing. We can only appeal to their understanding. This agreement reflects the scope of the operational challenges facing the CIO, the NOCs and the Fi following the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. ”
In this perspective, the IOC promises to continue to offer all the International Federations and Continental Associations of Cno the entire content of the educational programs of the Youth Olympic Games (Joj). This will allow the objectives of this very important and much appreciated component of the Joj to be preserved, during the numerous events organized until 2026, in particular within the framework of the Continental Youth Games.
Difficult to organize 5 events between 2021 and 2024
“This amicable agreement is a reflection of the mutual trust between Senegal and the CIO. I would like to express my sincere thanks to President Macky Sall, a great friend and supporter of the Olympic Movement, for this exceptional relationship of trust and quality. For all these reasons, I am sure that together we will organize brilliant Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games for Senegal, the whole of the African continent and all the young athletes in the world, ”underlines President Thomas Bach.
Senegalese President Macky Sall responds: “I take this opportunity to renew my confidence in the Executive Board and welcome the commitment of its teams, alongside us, to make Dakar 2026, the first Olympic event in Africa, a a success that remains in our memories. ”
Note that this decision is the consequence of the coronavirus crisis. Thomas Bach thus recognized that it was difficult to organize five events between 2021 and 2024 (Tokyo Games in 2021, Winter Olympic Games and Joj in 2022, Winter Joj and Paris Olympics in 2024).
Cnoss reaction: “This decision reflects the spirit of responsibility and solidarity that inhabits Senegal and the CIO”
Following the IOC’s decision to postpone by mutual agreement with the Senegalese authorities, the Jojs from 2022 to 2026, the Cnoss reacted with a press release. According to the Olympic body, “this decision reflects the spirit of responsibility and solidarity that inhabits the State of Senegal and the CIO in the face of the situation facing the whole world”, we read. “President Macky Sall and President Thomas Bach, who did not fail to congratulate themselves on the progress made, wanted to renew their confidence in the president of the Organizing Committee for the Joj Dakar Dakar 2022, Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye, member of the IOC . ” This postponement, according to Cnoss, “allows Senegal and the Organizing Committee to take advantage of this momentum to further mobilize the diverse and multifaceted partners who will have more time to better support this beautiful project of Senegal and Africa” . Note that President Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye and the Minister of Sports; Mr. Matar Ba; will host a press conference today at 12 noon at the Radison Blu.