LAGOS TO HOST 11TH FASU GAMES
- Ezeani Chidiebere
The University of Lagos (UNILAG) and Lagos State University (LASU) have been announced as the next hosts of FASU All Africa University Games billed for 2024. This was disclosed at the just-concluded 10th edition of the bi-annual games, which was hosted by Kenyatta University, Kenya, where Nigeria was unveiled as the next hosts of the games at the closing ceremony. Lagos State University and Nnamdi Azikiwe University were Nigeriaâs representatives in Kenya and they both bagged a total of 11 medals with LASU bagging 10 medals to finish 17th on the table, while UNIZIK got just one bronze medal to finish bottom of the table. Fellow West Africans, Ghana finished 3rd with 49 total medals while Egypt were the winners with 87 total medals and Uganda, second with 75 total medals. Nigeria, ranked eight out of the 12 countries that participated in the 10th All Africa University Games, overtook Cote dâIvoire, which was originally scheduled to host the games in 2024. Nigeria is yet to win the competition since it started in 1974 in Ghana. The All Africa University Games brings together the continentâs top university athletes to compete for prestigious titles. The competition has an upper age limit of 25 years and only formal university students can compete. After a postponement in 2020 due to the global pandemic, over 1, 100 athletes competed in Nairobi, Kenya, with the event rounding up at the weekend. The All Africa University Games (FASU Games) are organised once every two years as a flagship event with 10 editions having been held already. The format of participation at the games changed from national university teams to individual universities since the eighth FASU Games in South Africa in 2016. Nigeria last hosted the games in 2004 in the city of Bauchi where 15 nations competed. The organisers hope to improve the numbers of participating universities in the next edition.