The Tertiary Institute Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) is to host the 2012 Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) Games in December this year.
As a result of the successful hosting by TISAN and the University of Namibia of the Confederation of Universities and College of Southern Africa (CUCSA) Games 2012 in June earlier this year – Namibia was the obvious choice as host country, though the request came very late.
TISAN President Werner Jeffery indicated that besides the time constraints in the hosting of the FASU 2012 Games, there are also financial challenges that need to be overcome, but the long serving sports administrator remains confident that the government through the line ministry will step in to rescue the situation.
Teams from across the continent are expected to arrive in Namibia from the 13th of December, for the sporting event that will last until the 22nd of December 2012.
Athletes will mainly compete in men’s and ladies football, netball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, table tennis, chess, karate, swimming and track and field athletics.
Most SADC and Zone IV nations have already indicated their participation at the Games with Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Benin, Cameroon, Chad, the Comoros Islands, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal, Zambia, and Zimbabwe all certain to make an appearance.
According to Jeffery, sports plays an important role in education, youth development and integration in Africa and therefore every effort must be made to have events of this nature taking place on a regular basis.
CUCSA President Doc Naobeb also expressed his confidence in TISAN and UNAM in hosting the FASU 2012 Games based on their successful hosting of the CUCSA Games 2012.
He added that even though the request to Namibia was received very late and brings with it many challenges, he hopes Johanna Benson’s recent medal success at the 2012 London Paralympic Games will motivate other local athletes to give their all and also encouraged all Namibians to come out in full strength to support the event. UNAM’s Windhoek campus will be the main venue but several codes will also be accommodated at other suitable venues in and around the capital.