21 November 2012

Namibia: Varsity Games to Go Ahead

THE sixth edition of Federation of Africa Sports University (Fasu) Games scheduled for December 15 to 21 will go ahead despite limited finances by the host Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (Tisan).

This was confirmed by Tisan president Werner Jeffery ahead of the final confirmation of participating countries this week.

“We will go ahead with the Games despite the limited financial resources,” Jeffrey said.

“So far we are looking at funds from those participating, the fees they pay per day to compete as well as, very encouragingly, commitments from the Ministry of Youth and Sport as well as the Namibia Sport Commission. We cannot let African students down,” he added.

According to Jeffrey, swimming will not form part of the Games “due to the intended pool for use not being ready”, while final decision whether to exclude karate from the Games will also be made soon.

“In terms of Fasu rules, if we have two teams for the women’s competitions, we can go ahead and play, while for the men’s category, three teams are enough for us to have a competition, and we will confirm all these things soon,” he said.

The confirmed sporting disciplines at the Games will be netball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, football and track and field athletics.

During the Games, the annual general meeting of Fasu will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek, which will be attended by representatives from the International University Sports Federation (Fisu).

Jeffrey said it was not easy for Namibia to decline to host the Games after the original hosts, Senegal pulled out due to political turmoil during September. This forced Fasu to look elsewhere, but both Kenya and Uganda declined to host the biennial Africa Student Games.

“Namibia was part of the group that revived Fasu in 1995 after it was defunct for almost 50 years, and to keep the spirit alive, we had to accept the offer to host. As Tisan we have exhausted our funds for the year because we had the Tisan Games, the Inter-regional Games, and we hosted the CUCSA Games, but because we value Student Games, we accepted this one as well”, Jeffrey said.

Participating countries are expected to arrive in Windhoek on December 13 and depart on December 22, with the University of Namibia’s Main Campus once again to be used as the Games Village.

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