10th FASU Games Begin In Kenya
This will be the country’s third time hosting the All African University Games. Over 1,000 university student-athletes from up to 40 African universities have arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, to compete in the 10th edition of the FASU (Federation of African Sports Universities) Games, which will be hosted at Kenyatta University from Monday 6 to Friday 10 June.
After an enforced sabbatical, the Multi-Sports event, which was originally slated for 2020 but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, will return in 2022.
An official communique and invitation to all universities in Africa had been issued under the joint signatures of Prof. Godfrey S. Mse the LOC President and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Kenyatta University (Finance and Development) KU, Ms. Nomsa Mahlangu – FASU President, Mr. Mbabu Murithi KUSA President, and Prof. Paul K. Wainaina, the host Vice-Chancellor.
“On behalf of the Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU), The Kenya Universities Sports Association (KUSA), Kenyatta University (KU) and the Organising Committee (OC), we have the honour and the pleasure of inviting the universities from Africa to participate in the 10th All Africa University Games to be held at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya from 6th to 10th June 2022,” the communique read.
Kenyatta University will be the venue for all sports as well as the athlete’s village.
The games program includes Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Football, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Handball, Swimming, Taekwondo, and Karate for both genders. Woodball, Roll Ball, Goalball, Sitting Volleyball.
In addition, Gurasumo (a Borana Traditional game) will be included for demonstration purposes.
— Kenyatta University (@KenyattaUni) June 5, 2022
The games will be used to qualify Africa’s representative teams to the FISU University World Cup Soccer 2023 for both men and women to be held in Jinjiang, China.
Kenyan Universities set to grace the championships include Jomo Kenyatta University Of Agriculture And Technology, Kisii University, Kabarak University, Kaimosi Friends University College Tiriki, Kibabii University and Kiriri Women’s University Science And Technology.
Others are Meru University Of Science And Technology, Mount Kenya University, Strathmore University, Kaimosi Friends University College, Technical University Of Kenya and Technical University Of Mombasa.
Confirmed participating African Universities from the list include The American University Cairo, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Lagos State University, Levy Mwanawasa Medical University-Zambia Lusaka, Makerere University, University of Johannesburg, University of Rwanda, University of Kwazulu Natal, University of Mauritius and the University of The Western Cape.
The All-Africa University Games (FASU Games) is organised once every two years as the flagship event with nine editions having been held (Ghana – 1974, Kenya – 1978, political instability across Africa affected the events until its revival in Nigeria – 2004, South Africa – 2006, Uganda – 2008, Namibia – 2012, Kenya-2014, South Africa 2016 and Ethiopia 2018.
The FASU games date back to 1951, when two West African universities, the University of Ghana and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, began a bilateral yearly sporting competition in the hopes of fostering fraternity and positive competition. The games evolved into a continental competition that included other African higher education institutions.
Since the 8th FASU Games South Africa 2016, the format of participation has shifted from national university teams to individual universities.