Four African National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have shown interest in hosting the 2022 Youth Olympic Games (YOG).
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) says in a news dispatch that the NOCs were revealed by its Executive Board (EB).
The board was reviewing the progress made in just under three months since the decision was taken by the IOC Session in February to actively target an African nation to host the fourth edition of the Summer Youth Olympic Games.
The four African countries are Botswana, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.
IOC says the new development follows the release of the Youth Olympic Games 2022 Host Selection Process in March.
The new process for selecting a YOG host aims to simplify, streamline and ensure cost efficiency for the interested NOCs.
The initial NOC Dialogue Phase will end in July when the IOC Executive Board will decide which interested parties will be invited to take part in the Candidature Phase, based on the feasibility reports and visits.
Evaluation Commission Chair, Ugur Erdener, IOC Member from Turkey, will lead an experienced team of Evaluation Commission members (announced in April) in assisting and guiding the Selection Process to elect the host for 2022.
After feasibility studies, visits, in-depth discussions and the research/analysis that will be undertaken by the IOC and experts with the interested African NOCs, the IOC Evaluation Commission 2022 will submit its report.
It will submit the report in September 2018, and the host for the 2022 YOG host will be elected at the IOC Session in October 2018 in Buenos Aires.
IOC says it will delay further evaluation of Tunisia’s bid until the Tunisian government authorities guarantee the Olympic governors that all athletes athletes regardless of nationality will be accepted.
This follows recent exclusion of Israeli athletes from the Taekwondo World Junior Championship, held in Tunisia in April.
IOC member countries must accept all athletes according to the Olympic Charter principles.