KIGALI - On 18 March 2017, African University Sports Federation (FASU) has started its General Assembly in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, as FASU is celebrating its 45th Anniversary this year. The meeting, which took place one day before FISU-FASU Strategic Dialogue, was attended by honorary guests including FISU President Oleg Matytsin, AUSF President Xue Yanqing, EUSA President Adam Roczek and others.
The meeting in Kigali brought together representatives from 20 FASU member countries. The official opening of the Assembly was preceded with a visit by all delegates to the 3rd FASU Cross-Country Championship. The championship, held on the campus of the National University of Rwanda, saw teams from African universities competing on a 10-kilometer course, and before the winners received medals from the hands of FISU and FASU Presidents, all official delegates took part in an improvised 100-meter run.
The General Assembly in Kigali is set to approve FASU events calendar for 2017-2018, the budget of the organisation as well as admission of new members. 6 new countries became FASU members: Burundi, Somalia and Madagascar, with their delegates being present in Kigali. The remaining three are São Tomé and Príncipe, Niger and Marocco.
Welcoming the delegates, Oleg Matytsin stressed the importance of the African continent for a well-balanced development of university sports in the world. According to Mr Matytsin, with one of FISU Vice-Presidents coming from Africa and three board members, the voice of Africa will always be heard at FISU meetings. FISU President assured that participants that FISU will continue to support Africa in its strive to promote university sports.