Over 4,000 University student athletes from all over Africa will descend on the East Africa city of Nairobi, in Kenya for the 10th FASU (Federation of African Sports Universities) Games to be held at Kenyatta University next year. The Multi-Sports event, which was scheduled for 2020 and postponed due to the COVID19 has now been confirmed for 6th – 10th.
An official communique and invitation to all universities in Africa was issued today 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.
The communique reads - 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 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).
FASU games trace its history to1951 when two West African Universities, namely University of Ghana and the University of Ibadan, Nigeria in a quest to foster brotherhood and positive competition, started a bilateral annual sporting competition. The games grew into a continental competition incorporating other higher education institutions in Africa.
The format of participation at the games changed from National University teams to individual universities since the 8th FASU Games South Africa 2016.
Kenyatta University will be the venue for all sports as well as the athletes village. The games program includes: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Football, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Handball, Swimming, Taekwondo and Karate in both genders. Woodball, Roll Ball, Goalball, Sitting Volleyball. In addition, Gurasumo (a Borana Traditional game) will be included for demonstration purposes.
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.