10 Oct 2013 19:00pm
WINDHOEK, 10 OCT (NAMPA) About 800 students from tertiary institutions across the country will converge on Windhoek this weekend for the annual Tertiary Institutes Sports Association of Namibia (TISAN) Games.
Participants will represent tertiary institutions from Katima Mulilo (Zambezi Region), Rundu (Kavango East Region), Ongwediva (Oshana Region), Okakarara (Otjozondjupa Region), Oshakati (Oshana Region), as well as Windhoek (Khomas Region).
The games commence on Friday and end Saturday, and will amongst others include football, volleyball and netball competitions. The games will take place at the University of Namibia (Unam) sports facilities - at the main campus in Pionierspark, as well as at the Khomasdal campus.
TISAN was established during 1990 after African Ministers of Sports mandated countries to establish sports for tertiary institutions. TISAN started off with a mere four institutions, but currently boasts 21.
The association is also affiliated to the Confederation of University and College Sports Associations (CUCSA) - a zonal body which represents all Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.
TISAN president Werner Jeffery told Nampa on Thursday the lack of funding and other sponsors make it difficult for the students sports body to send their athletes to compete in other countries.
Jeffery cited an invitation from the Federation of African University Sports (FASU) to take part in various sports codes like sevens rugby and cross country in Uganda during December.
We are very eager to go there, but financial constraints will stop us, said the TISAN leader.
He suggested that TISAN could be a good vehicle for the business sector, as there is about 30 000 students who take part in TISAN sports.
These students, Jeffery said, will after their studies be taken up in the business sector, and some athletes even go on to represent the country in national and international sports events.