Youth Olympic Games in Dakar postponed from 2022 to 2026

16 July 2020
Lausanne, Switzerland
The Games will be the first Olympic event held in Africa.

The International Olympic Committee has postponed the next Youth Olympic Games, which were slated to run in Senegal’s capital of Dakar in 2022.

A news release issued by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday said the postponement of the Games until 2026 would help sports organisations better recover from the delays to other major events, including Tokyo 2020, and the operational and financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Archery has been on the programme of the Games since their launch in 2010.

It was announced in December 2019 that the number of athletes competing in the archery events in Dakar would rise by 50 percent, to 96. The mixed nation, mixed team event would change to the standard format as well.

Youth archers between the ages of 14 and 17 are eligible to attend the Youth Olympics.

The USA’s Trenton Cowles and China’s Zhang Mengyao are archery’s reigning Youth Olympic Champions from the third edition held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2018.