— Published 14 June 2022

Côte d’Ivoire eyeing the Gymnasiades

After France, the Ivory Coast? According to the local press, the Ivorian authorities have the ambition to host the Gymnasiades in 2026. The director general of the Ivorian Office of School and University Sports (OISSU), Koné Mamdou Souleymane, revealed this in an interview with the Ivorian Press Agency (AIP). A note has already been sent to the Prime Minister. It should be quickly followed by a communication in the Council of Ministers, a step prior to the launch of the bid. According to Koné Mamdou Souleymane, the Ivorian project could count on the support of the entire African continent. Côte d’Ivoire will host the Games of La Francophonie in 2017 and the African Cup of Nations in 2023. The last edition of the Gymnasiades, a multi-sport event for school children under 18, took place this year in Normandy, France. Côte d’Ivoire was represented by a delegation of six athletes. Since their creation in 1974, the Gymnasiades have only been held once on the African continent, in Morocco (Marrakech) in 2018.