Windhoek — During a brief press conference yesterday, the Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) president Werner Jeffery, who is also responsible for organizing and staging the 6th edition of the Federation of African Sports University (FASU) Games at the Sam Nujoma Stadium this Saturday, confirmed that the games will go ahead as initially planned and all participating countries have confirmed their attendance.
Jeffery revealed that Senegal was supposed to host the games in September this year, but failed to do so due to political upheaval in that country - that is why Namibia offered to host the games to avoid unnecessary embarrassment to African sports.
Jeffery added that athletes from the participating countries, which include Angola, Algeria, Botswana, Congo-Brazzaville, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Benin, Egypt, Ethiopia, Comoros Islands, the Central African Republic, Ghana, Uganda, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), are expected to arrive in Windhoek today.
"And for the first time we have decided to include karate for both male and females in this year's FASU Games and we hope it will bring flavour to the games. The finals will be played on the 20th and we are confident that this year's games will be very competitive, since we have many northern African countries this time around," said Jeffery.
The newly appointed Minister of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture, Jerry Ekandjo, will be the keynote speaker on the opening day of the games.