Varsity games underway in Nairobi
11 July 2014, 17:57
Nairobi - Thirteen universities from Africa started their quest for medals
at the seventh edition of the All Africa University Games at the University of
Nairobi grounds today.
Local Organizing Committee chairman Isaac Mbeche confirmed that 13
countries, among them neighbours Uganda, champions Egypt and last year's hosts
Namibia would compete in the eight-day event which will be staged at four
venues in Nairobi.
“Thirteen teams have confirmed participation but we are expecting
more teams to arrive,” Prof Mbeche said told nation.co.ke on the eve of the
“We are happy to have been given the opportunity to host this
tournament and we've done everything to ensure it is a success, including
putting in place stringent security arrangements to ensure safety of
Having missed out in the 2012 edition, Kenya is expected to take
part in all the 17 disciplines which include American football, sitting
volleyball, athletics, football, sevens rugby and swimming.
Kenya will be represented by The United States International
University in women's basketball and swimming team, The University of Nairobi
(men's basketball and American football), Kenya Methodist University (men's
football), Technical University of Kenya and Maseno University (rugby).
Kenyatta University will provide the bulk of the sitting volleyball team.
The ball games will be staged at the University of Nairobi
grounds, while track events and swimming will take place at the Nyayo and
Safaricom stadiums respectively. The Kenya Science Teachers College will host
badminton, while racquet games will be played at the Nairobi Club once all
participating teams have arrived.
The theme of this year's event is “Peace and Solidarity in Africa
through University Sports.”
Dr Ralethe Malumbete, chairman of the Federation of African
University Sports (FASU), has said the event aims to promote sports in Africa
while also fostering cooperation among universities.
“There will be no cash prizes for winning teams because that is
not the aim of the competitions. We are hoping that by the end of it all, the
students will have established networks for future use, and that they
will learn something from each other,” he said.