Sall’s exhortation comes days after members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) handed Senegal the rights to host the youth Olympic, making it a first in Africa.
In an interview with the privately-owned Sud Quotidien published on Thursday Sall said: “I am urging all compatriots to mobilize to consider that besides Senegal, it’s the whole of Africa that has been chosen.
“I see that it was decided because the IOC simply felt that Olympism is symbolized by the five rings representing the five continents and that until then Africa has not been given the chance to organize games on its soil”.
The head of state stressed that it is a “responsibility entrusted to all Senegalese” and generally to all Africans.
“I read today, with great emotion, the testimony of a great athlete like Nawal El Moutawakel (Morocco), who said that she had long been waiting for this dream to come true,” Sall said.
He also said that Kenyan athletes and Botswana leaders as well as countries such as South Africa and Nigeria backed Senegal.
Sall said he was under no doubt that his country will be logistically prepared for the challenge to host the event which will attract 4.000 young people and about 800 officials from around the world.
“We will have in 2021, the World Water Forum. It will bring together more than 10,000 participants. We will have in the same year the meeting of FOCAC (Forum China-Africa) and we will have the YOG. So the country must be prepared” President Sall said, pointing out his country's ability to successfully host the event.
The competitions and other activities of the 2022 YOG will take place in three Senegalese cities: the historic capital Dakar, the new city of Diamniadio and the coastal resort of Saly.