International Olympic committee (IOC) has appointed Gambia’s Beatrice Allen,
vice-president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation to serve as a
member in the Evaluation Commission for the 2022 Summer Youth Olympic Games.
The seven member committee chaired by IOC vice-president Ugur Erdener is tasked with the responsibility to assist and guide the selection process to elect the African host for the event scheduled to be held in four years’ time.
Other committee members also include IOC Executive Board member Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe, Gunilla Lindberg of Sweden, as well as Chile’s Neven Ilic, President of the Pan American Sports Organization.
Completing the list is China’s Li Lingwei, Burundi’s Lydia Nsekera and Papua New Guinea’s Auvita Rapilla.
The IOC Evaluation Commission composition is said to reflect the diversity of the Olympic Movement, comprising members from all continents, representing athletes, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations.
The Commission will also act as a link between the interested parties, the IOC and Olympic Movement stakeholders.
Meanwhile, Last week Tunisia and Nigeria emerged as potential bidders to challenge Senegal to host the event.
None of the three are yet considered official candidates, but the trio has already participated in working sessions and is considered interested parties in a dialogue stage.
IOC members voted in favour of a proposal to “proactively” seek an African host of the event at their Session in Pyeongchang in February.
However, the President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach claimed afterwards that he hoped the event could pave the way towards Olympic Games in Africa in either 2032 or 2036.