WINDHOEK: The Tertiary Institutes’ Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) is hosting the 2012 Federation of Africa University Sports’ (FASU) Games here in December, despite a crunching shortage of funds.
The 6th FASU games were supposed to be hosted by Senegal in September 2012 before that country pulled out.
It has now been rescheduled to take place from 15 to 22 December 2012 at the University of Namibia (UNAM).
TISAN president Werner Jeffrey said in a media statement issued on Friday that they are not just concerned about the time constraints to prepare, but also about the shortage of finances to host this event.
“Besides the time constraints that the hosting of FASU 2012 has, there is still the financial challenge that needs to be overcome,” he stated.
Jeffrey, however, remains confident that the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture will step in to “rescue the situation”.
TISAN and UNAM hosted the Confederation of Universities and Colleges of Southern Africa (CUCSA) Games 2012 in June this year, and that success translated into Namibia being chosen at the last minute to host the FASU Games.
Athletes from Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, the Comoros islands, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Niger, South Africa, Senegal, Zambia and Zimbabwe are expected to participate in the Games.
These will include men and ladies’ football, netball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, karate, swimming as well as track and field.
Jeffrey said sports play an important role in education, youth development and integration in Africa.
Not only will UNAM’s main campus be a hive of activities, but several other codes will also take place in and around the capital.