University of Johannesburg senior director of sport Nomsa Mahlangu has been elected the president of the Federation of African University Sports following last month’s election in Uganda.
Mahlangu becomes the first women’s president of the continental body, which is responsible for controlling a variety of varsity competitions and initiatives in Africa.
The body is internationally known as Fédération Africain du Sport Universitaire (Fasu).
She will hold office for four years and said the focus would be on improving the standard of university sport on the continent across the board.
“I believe there are some important times ahead of us and our goals going forward are to unite the varsity sportsmen and women in Africa,” said Mahlangu.
She added that she was honoured to be appointed the first female president of the federation.
“Hopefully this can pave the way for future developments because there is a need to open doors for more women, to empower them and to encourage them to hold these sorts of positions of responsibility.”
The federation is the governing body of university sport in Africa and was founded in 1971.
Mahlangu said there were 28 members in Fasu and they were divided into five regional zones.
She added that traditional events which were organised by the federation were the Fasu Games held every even year, which included the participation of national teams, and the Fasu Championships held every odd year, which covered the participation of individual universities.