Olympic Games in Africa? A door long shut could be opening
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach speaks at a news conference prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, February 8, 2018 7:34PM EST
PYEONGCHANG, Korea, Republic Of -- Other than Antarctica, only one continent on the planet has never hosted an Olympic Games: Africa. Finally, though, that could be about to change.
But there'll be a step to take before that happens: hosting the much smaller Youth Olympic Games in 2022.
IOC President Thomas Bach says a "mini-Olympic event" will be held on the continent, though a specific country hasn't been selected. The move could signal the possibility of an eventual Olympics in Africa.
Africa has never hosted a Games. Europe has hosted 30, North America 12. Asia has hosted seven with two more on the horizon: the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo and the next Winter Games in Beijing in 2022.