Botswana is hoping to build upon the success of the African Youth Games ©Dragomir Cioroslan

"Rave reviews" following the African Youth Games in 2014 have made Botswana officials confident that capital city Gaborone could host a successful Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2022.

The city is one of three currently being inspected by an International Olympic Committee (IOC) panel headed by Youth Olympic associate director Antoine Goetschy and also including veteran former Olympic Games executive director, Gilbert Felli.

Botswana National Olympic Committee chief executive Tuelo Serufho cited the 2014 continental-wide youth event, which was attended by IOC President Thomas Bach in 2014, as a major selling point.

"We believe we have gathered enough experience over the years such that we should now be ready to take on a bigger task; like hosting a Youth Olympic Games," he told insidethegames

"Our Government has invested quite heavily in the development of sport infrastructure over the last two decades, such that we already have in place facilities for most sports that generally feature on the programme of the Youth Olympic Games.

"The rave reviews that we received after hosting the second African Youth Games in 2014, the generally sold out venues at the same Games and extent to which Botswana was united behind and made proud by the Games in addition to the great sport, tourism and business potential that we see in hosting the Youth Olympic Games, are what have motivated us to want to seize the opportunity presented to Africa in 2022.

IOC President Thomas Bach attended part of the 2014 African Youth Games in Gabarone ©IOC
IOC President Thomas Bach attended part of the 2014 African Youth Games in Gabarone ©IOC

"Our Games would probably be among the most compact Olympic Games ever held, as our identified Games Village is literally a few minutes walk to many of the sport facilities and hotels; creating great convenience for athletes, officials and other delegates, in addition to reducing logistical headaches as well as costs."

Botswana are likely to attempt to highlight their stability and economic success in recent years in comparison with other places on the continent.

Abuja in Nigeria and Dakar in Senegal are also being inspected by the IOC.

A Tunisian bid from Tunis is also vying for the Games but has been put on hold by the IOC until they have taken steps to end restrictions on Israeli athletes competing at events in the country.

The IOC decided earlier this year to actively pursue what should be the first-ever African host for any form of the Olympic Games. 

It is hoped the 2022 Games could pave the way for an eventual Summer Olympics in Africa.

A host is due to be chosen at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in October.

This will take place before this year's Summer Youth Olympic Games in Argentina's capital, scheduled for between October 6 and 18.