The 6th edition of the Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) Games slated for December 15-21 will go ahead despite limited funds from the coffers of hosts - the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN), according to its president Werner Jeffery.
"We will go ahead with the games despite the limited financial resources. So far, we are looking at the funds from participants; the fees payable per day to compete and very encouragingly commitments from the Ministry of Youth and Sport, as well as the Namibia Sports Commission, because we cannot let down African students," emphasised Jeffrey this week.
He said swimming has been omitted, because the pool, which was designated for use during the games, is not ready, while final confirmation to exclude karate from the games will also be issued very soon.
"In terms of the FASU rules, if we have two teams for the ladies games, we can proceed and play and for the men's category, three teams are enough for us to have a competition, so we will announce the decision soon."
So far, the confirmed sporting disciplines at the games include netball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, football and track and field athletics.The games will coincide with the annual general meeting of FASU to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek.
Jeffrey said it was not easy for Namibia to decline the invitation to host the games after the political turmoil in Senegal in September this year, forcing FASU to look elsewhere after Kenya and Uganda declined to host the biennial Africa student games.
"Namibia was part of the group that revived the FASU Games 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, Interregional Games and hosted the CUCSA Games, but because we value student games, we accepted this one as well," Jeffrey explained.
Participating nations will arrive in Windhoek on December 13 and will be housed at the spacious University of Namibia main campus, which will serve as the Games Village.