Over 1,200 university student-athletes from all over Nairobi and Central regions will embark on the 2022/2023 KUSA (Kenyan University Sports Association) games to be held at Kenyatta University and the University of Nairobi. The season is set to start on the 24th of September and run till November when the season will break for the second leg.
The Kenya University Sports Association (KUSA Games) is organized once every year as the flagship event is planned to kick off this Saturday. The games program includes rugby, football, hockey, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, taekwondo, karate, badminton, athletics, chess, handball, and swimming for both genders. The games will be used to qualify Kenya’s representative teams for the All-Africa University Games (FASU Games), which are organized once every two years for both men and women.
KUSA traces its history to 1979 when it was formed to create opportunities and develop the environment for university students to participate in sports and physical activities at all levels. Today, KUSA has a membership of over 30 universities, and more than 1,000 students take part in its National University Championships.
Recently, we’ve seen KUSA produce world champions in various fields such as athletics, rugby, hockey, and chess, among other categories. Just the other day, Sasha Mongeli, a TUK student, was crowned champion of the just-finished Olympiad events in Batumi, Georgia. Ms. Mongeli emerged the best among several opponents in her category to win the Woman Fide Master (WFM) title. Mongelli represented Kenya alongside Joyce Nyaruai, another TUK student, and three other students from other institutions.
Benard Wanaja President of the Chess Kenya Federation presents the prize to 2021 Kenya National Ladies Chess Champion WFM Sasha Mongeli. Photo credit Oliver Ananda.
Both Sasha and Nyaruai have dominated in several university competitions in KUSA and across the African continent. The 22-year-old disclosed that she discovered her talent for chess while at TU-K. This started as a fun game, but later she realized this could be more than a pastime activity as she took it seriously, and today she takes pride in what she has achieved.