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12 June 2018 | in CUSF News

Ethiopia's Makelle University is ready to host Africa in the 9th FASU Games

MEKELLE, ETHIOPIA – With the 9th African University games fast approaching, Mekelle University Ethiopia shows their readiness to host student-athletes from all over Africa as venues are taking shape and volunteers are getting ready.


During an inspection visit in March, FASU representatives were able to make sure that everything is in place for the eight-day event. Amongst the venues evaluated were brand new constructions and renovations including the multipurpose indoor dome, two 35000 seat prototype stadia with track, several paved multipurpose outdoor courts and conference rooms.


FASU representatives inspecting the venues of the games taking place from 1 to 8 July 2018


FASU representatives where impressed with the development of the proposed facilities. Prof. Jacob S. Nteere, Second Vice-President of FASU, reminded the hosts of their deep responsibility to raise local awareness and reaffirmed FASU’s continued support in all technical and follow-up areas.


Dr. Kessatie Legesse, Director of Student Service Centre, emphasizing Mekelle University’s determination to create a lasting legacy from hosting this year’s FASU Games, said: "Without doubt, Mekelle University has done a lot in the construction, upgrade and renovation of sports facilities and the entire university layout. The university is definitely under construction. And the purpose is the 9th FASU Games July 2018”.


But not only venues are ready for the games. Local-student volunteers are preparing to welcome athletes. In July they will be joined by over 100 foreign volunteers.


Student-volunteers are physically and mentally preparing to welcome athletes from all over Africa


The International Youth Fellowship, a Christian-based international NGO with a vision of raising leaders, had been training the volunteers in the past, for the 28th Summer Universiade in Gwangju in 2015 among other international events. As IYF is training with volunteers again this year, the host university is making sure all participants will be in able hands.


Competitions at the 9th FASU Games are scheduled to run from 2 to 6 July 2018 and will attract over 3000 student-athletes from universities across Africa. They will compete in Athletics, Badminton, 3x3 Basketball, Basketball, Chess, Football, Volleyball, Handball, Table Tennis and Tennis.


Find more information about the FASU Games by clicking here.