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IOC postpones Dakar Youth Olympics by 4 years to 2026

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GENEVA — The 2022 Dakar Youth Olympics were postponed by four years on Wednesday, in further fallout from delaying the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said the decision was discussed two days ago in a telephone conversation with Senegal President Macky Sall. It means Africa will have to wait until 2026 for the continent’s first Olympic hosting duty.

“This was really too heavy workload for everybody,” Bach said during an online news conference, citing the 2020 Tokyo Olympics now opening one year later.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are due to be held in February 2022.

“We would have had to master five [Olympic] Games in just three years,” Bach said.

Bach dismissed a suggestion that a similar postponement for a full four-year Olympic cycle was an option for Tokyo, if the global health crisis persists.

The situations “cannot be compared in any way,” the IOC leader said. “We are and we remain fully committed to celebrate Tokyo 2020 next year in July and August.”

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Senegal set to host 2022 Youth Olympics, history for Africa

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Senegal is set to become the first African nation to host an Olympic event, recommended by the IOC executive board to host the fourth Youth Olympics in 2022. IOC members are expected to confirm the decision in a host-city vote next month.

Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia were the other candidates.

IOC president Thomas Bach said in February that the executive board wanted the 2022 Youth Olympics to be held in Africa, a recommendation confirmed by IOC membership days later.

The first Youth Olympics were held in Singapore in 2010, followed by Nanjing, China, in 2014 and Buenos Aires next month.

The Youth Winter Olympics debuted in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012, followed by Lillehammer, Norway, in 2016 and Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2020.

Senegal’s capital of Dakar would share the Games with Diamniadio and Saly.

“It is time for Africa,” Bach said in a press release. “Africa is the home of many successful and prominent Olympic athletes. Africa is a continent of youth. That is why we want to take the Youth Olympic Games 2022 to Africa and to Senegal.”

Senegal owns one Olympic medal, a 400m hurdles silver from the 1988 Seoul Games earned by Amadou Dia Ba.

The closest an African bid came to getting an Olympics came in 2004, when Cape Town, South Africa, finished third behind Athens and Rome.

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Basketball: Clinical Team USA posts its biggest blowout in Olympic history

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Team USA had absolutely no problem in dispatching Senegal in its women’s basketball opener at the Rio Olympics with a 121-56 win on Sunday.

The 65-point win is the biggest blowout in Olympic history.

The Yanks raced off to a 35-9 lead after a quarter and didn’t really look back, holding a 43-point advantage at halftime.

They shot 70 percent in the first half, and held Senegal to 27 percent shooting. Sue Bird had 7 assists at the break, and three USA players had scored in double figures: Diana Taurasi, Breanna Stewart and Brittney Griner.

USA faces third-ranked Spain on Monday at 11 a.m. EDT in what should be a much tougher match.