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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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Break dancing added for 2018 Youth Olympics

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The 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires will include every sport on the Summer Olympic program, plus three new medal sports, including break dancing.

Break dancing, kumite (a combat form of karate) and sport climbing are being added for the third edition of the Youth Summer Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

Karate and sport climbing were previously added for the 2020 Tokyo Games, but break dancing is not contested at the Olympics.

Some events already on the Youth Olympic program are not part of the Olympic program, such as acrobatic gymnastics, futsal and 3-on-3 basketball.

Also Tuesday, the IOC provisionally recognized the international federations for muay thai and cheerleading, two of 16 sports that applied for recognition.

Sports can’t be added to the Olympics unless their international federations are recognized by the IOC, though neither muay thai nor cheerleading appears close to being added to the Olympic program in the near future.

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Chloe Kim sweeps halfpipe, slopestyle at Youth Winter Olympics

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Snowboarder Chloe Kim delivered as the most recognizable name on the U.S. roster for the Youth Winter Olympics, sweeping the halfpipe and slopestyle titles in Lillehammer, Norway, this week.

Kim, 15 and the two-time reigning Winter X Games halfpipe champion, also carried the American flag into the Opening Ceremony last Friday.

That came less than a week after she became what’s believed to be the first woman to score a perfect 100 in a top-level snowboard halfpipe contest and the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s at the U.S. Grand Prix in Park City, Utah. Video of that run is here.

Kim is slated to compete in next week’s Winter X Games Oslo against a field that includes top rival and three-time Olympic halfpipe medalist Kelly Clark.

Kim’s success in slopestyle in Lillehammer is something new, but it doesn’t appear that she’ll try to make the 2018 Olympic team in that event.

“It was always my dream to go to the Olympics for halfpipe and slopestyle, but nowadays everyone is so good at both, it would be hard to keep up and do well at both,” she said, according to an ESPNW article published Tuesday. “But it is something I want to try. Maybe after this Olympics, I’ll give it a season trying to do both.”

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