About 4000 participants are expected to represent their respective universities across the African continent in the five day competition program consisting of 15 games that include Athletics, Chess, Swimming, Taekwondo, 3×3 Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Tennis, Woodball, Billiard and Snooker, Karate, Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Handball, Rugby 7’s, Netball. Three extra games (Rollball, Snooker and Woodball) shall be played for demonstration purposes.
This will be the 3rd time for Kenya to host the events, commonly known as the FASU Games, having hosted the 2nd FASU Games in 1978 and the 7th FASU Games in 2014 both at the University of Nairobi. The Federation of Africa University Sports (FASU) is a continental affiliate of the International University Sports (FISU) and a member of the Association of African Sports Confederation, with the mandate to oversee and organise continental university sports activities in Africa.
Prof. Wainaina thanked FASU for entrusting the University with the games and urged the LOC to deliver the games at a standard that reflects Kenyatta University’s track record of excellence. He was also confident that Kenyatta University teams shall put up a great display, based on their past performance record in the region.
Speaking at the launch, Ms. Peninnah Kabenge Aligawesa the FASU Secretary General highlighted the opportunities that await participants including qualifying to represent Africa in the paid World Universities’ Leagues for 3×3 Basketball 2020 and Soccer 2021, and the lasting legacy the games bestow on the host university and country.
The LOC is chaired by Prof. Godfrey Mse the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Finance and Development), with a membership representative of various top management sections and other key stakeholders. The event was also attended by the Chairman of the Kenya National Sports Council, Mr. Nderitu Gikaria.