ALL is set for the start of the 8th edition of the Eastern African University Games (EAUG 2013) at the University of Dar es Salaam today.
Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Fenella Mukangara will grace the official opening of the event.
Coordinator of the game, Noel Kiusi said yesterday that the one-week event will draw teams from 49 univesities from within the region.
He said preparations for the Bi-annual championships last held in Kenyatta University in 2010 are complete. The championship is organized under the auspice of Tanzania Universities Sports Associations (TUSA) with more than 16 sports disciplines lined up for the event.
The sports disciplines to be competed in are soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball, track and field Athletics, swimming, chess, rugby, hockey and handball. Others are Tae Kwando, karate, tennis, table tennis and scrabble.
The sports fields of the University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi University and Lugalo Barracks will be used. Track and field athletics will be staged at the National Stadium. Kiunsi said all sportsmen and sportswomen are accommodated at the sports village, Mabibo Hostel.
The theme of the event is "Promoting Regional Cooperation and Peace through Sports" The games will be officiated by officials from the National Sports Federations/Associations of Tanzania. More than 250 volunteers from the University of Dar es Salaam and Ardhi University will be assisting the Local Organizing Committee to make the game a success.
Meanwhile, University of Nairobi (UON) hockey team together with former Kenyan champions Strathmore University teams will not be taking part in the games.
UON, the defending champions from two years ago will not be sending the team to defend the Bi-annual championships last held in Kenyatta University in 2010 due to among other reasons the ongoing exams that have engaged most of the players.