Buenos Aires, Oct 9 (AP/UNB) — The IOC has picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.
Senegal President Macky Sall was present on Monday to see International Olympic Committee members confirm the executive board's preference from four candidates.
Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.
Sall said a 50,000-seat Olympic Stadium will be built for the government-backed project.
The games budget is estimated at $150 million, the IOC executive director of Olympic Games, Christophe Dubi, said at a news conference.
Senegal's games are likely to be held in late May. This would be at the end of the dry season to "greatly reduce the prevalence of tropical diseases," IOC vice president Ugur Erdener told the membership.
Erdener pointed to Senegal's "booming economy" and better conditions than the other bidders from Botswana, Nigeria and Tunisia.
The construction project includes a rail link and an athletes village which will become university accommodation.
"It is not required to have a detailed budget at this stage," Erdener said, though noting that Senegal's government has "full understanding of the magnitude" of its task.
One IOC member from Africa said the whole continent would share the responsibility of its first Olympics, comparing it to soccer's 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
"In Africa, when a family organizes a party all the neighbors chip in and they help organizing the event," said Lydia Nsekera of Burundi, who also sits on FIFA's ruling council, responding to a fellow IOC member's question about Senegal's economic indicators.
"It doesn't matter, everyone will be there to help President Macky Sall organize and stage these games."
Nsekera is a candidate to lead the African group of national Olympic bodies, ANOCA, in an election next month.
The 2022 decision was taken at a two-day IOC meeting on the sidelines of the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics.
In reports by past and future Olympic organizing committees about their work, the Pyeongchang Winter Games reported an operating profit of $55 million.
Pyeongchang organizing president Lee Hee-beom said the games in South Korea beat its target from sponsorship and donations, and raised almost $1 billion.
The IOC executive board has agreed to give its share of the surplus to sports in South Korea.
Three Pyeongchang venues still lack a long-term plan for use, including two skating arenas and the Alpine skiing downhill course. The slope at Jeongseon was promised to be replanted with trees and restored as a forest.
"This obviously has always been a concern," Dubi said of the legacy planning. "It has been the case for many months and it will continue to be the case."
Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics said they hope to propose new sports for its medal program to the IOC "early next year."
Beijing, Oct 6 (AP/UNB) — Anastasija Sevastova beat U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 Saturday to reach the China Open final.
The 20th-ranked Latvian will face the winner of the semifinal between China's Wang Qiang and Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark.
The 20-year-old Osaka required a medical break in the second set for what appeared to be lower back pain.
This was Osaka's second tournament since she defeated Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final on Sept. 8. In the first last week, she got to the Pan Pacific Open final in Tokyo.
Dhaka, Oct 5 (UNB) – The third round of the PGM UMW Championship will resume on Saturday morning as Friday’s play was suspended due to rain at Impian Golf and Country Club in Selangor, Malaysia.
The only Bangladesh golfer in the Asian Development Tour (ADT) with purse of approximate US$58,000, Shakhawat Hossain Sohel, shared 8th spot for the cut in the meet, aggregating two-under-par 140 [68-72] after the second round on Thursday. He shared his spot with five other golfers after the second round.
Sohel, who tasted maiden ADT title clinching PGM MIRI Championship to earn US$9,503 at Eastwood Valley Golf and Country Club also in Malaysia in early September 2018, traded three-under 68 opening in this tournament on Wednesday.
South African golfer Mathiam Keyser maintained the solo lead with aggregating a nine-under 133 [61-72] after the second round, for a one shot lead above the Thai golfer Poom Pattaropong.
The third round will resume at 7:30am on Saturday and the round four will not start before 10am.
Dhaka, Oct 4 (UNB) – The 55th Infantry Division clinched the Bangladesh Army Volleyball title that concluded at the 33rd Infantry Division ground of Comilla Cantonment on Thursday.
The 24th Infantry Division finished runners-up in the meet.
Lance Corporal Emadadul Haque of the champion team was adjudged the best player of the tournament while NC Boni Amin of the runners-up team named as the best promising player of the tournament.
Area Commander of Comilla and GOC of the 33rd Infantry Division Major General Ahmed Tabrez Shams Chowdhury was the chief guest at the closing ceremony and later he distributed the prizes.
Eighteen teams of Bangladesh Army took part in the six-day meet.
Perth, Oct 3 (AP/UNB) — Serena Williams and Roger Federer have committed to play the Hopman Cup mixed teams event in late December while former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev will represent Germany.
Frances Tiafoe will be Williams' partner for the United States, while Belinda Bencic will again represent Switzerland with Federer to defend the title they won in January over Kerber and Zverev in the final.
Williams and Federer are scheduled to play mixed doubles against each other when the U.S. meets Switzerland on Jan. 1.
The eight-country tournament is scheduled from Dec. 29 to Jan. 5 on indoor hard courts at Perth Arena. It used by the players as a tune-up event for the Australian Open which begins Jan. 14 in Melbourne.
Teams announced Wednesday:
Australia: Matt Ebden and Ashleigh Barty
France: Lucas Pouille and Alize Cornet
Germany: Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber
Britain: Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter
Greece: Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari
Spain: David Ferrer and Garbine Muguruza
Switzerland: Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic
United States: Frances Tiafoe and Serena Williams