28 November 2012

Namibia: Swimming Falls Out of FASU Games

Windhoek — The Tertiary Institutes' Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) president Werner Jeffery, who is also responsible for organizing the 6th edition of the Federation of African Sports University (FASU) Games slated for the 15th of next month in Windhoek, has revealed that they have decided to exclude swimming in this year's games after failing to secure a suitable pool to host the swimming event.

Jeffery added that besides failing to secure a pool in time ahead of the games, the number of participating countries in the swimming discipline was not enough, since they normally require at least six or more participants.

He however confirmed that all other sporting codes, which include football, tennis, chess, volleyball, basketball and athletics among others, will go ahead as initially scheduled.

Jeffery also confirmed that members of FASU and some delegates from the International University Sports Federation (FISU), will host an annual general assembly at the Hilton Hotel in the capital, where they will discuss challenges facing FASU affiliates, while also mapping the way forward for African universities in the departments of sports.

With regard to their proposed N$4.5 million budget to host this year's games, Jeffery said the games would still proceed as planned with or without the desired funding, adding that all participating countries and their members pay participation fees of about U$4 500, which he hoped will be enough to cover accommodation and travelling costs during the course of the games. He also said Namibia needed about N$1 million to fully prepare and buy sports gear for all its 220 athletes and expressed confidence they will obtain the funds in time for the games.

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