— Published 11 March 2022

A new agreement with Dakar 2026

No respite for Tony Estanguet. Just back from the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games, the president of the Paris 2024 OCOG has initialled a new collaboration agreement with the Dakar 2026 Youth Games. The document, signed on the Senegalese side by Mamadou Diagna Ndiaye, the president of Dakar 2026, aims to strengthen the links between the two organising committees. It extends the first agreement, signed in 2019, before the decision taken jointly by the IOC and the President of Senegal, Macky Sall, to postpone the Youth Olympic Games in Dakar by four years, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Paris 2024 press release, the objective of both parties remains “to optimise the organisation and delivery of the Games and to strengthen their legacy”. This common ambition involves sharing experiences and best practices on all aspects of the organisation, but also joint communication actions. In detail, the Dakar 2026 teams will be able to benefit from observation programmes and even secondments within the Paris 2024 OCOG. Transfers of equipment and human resources between the two organisations are also planned. In parallel, Paris 2024 continues to coordinate the Dioko Alliance, which brings together French institutions involved with Dakar 2026. Projects launched since 2019 include the renovation of sports facilities, support for the preparation of athletes, and the sending of young volunteers to the Senegalese Olympic Committee as part of the “Generation 2024” civic service programme.