Sassu will host world tournament

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The South African Student Sports Union (Sassu) has won the right to host the first ever World University Hockey Championships.

The event, which will see about 16 countries taking part, will take place at the University of Johannesburg from May 10 to 22.

Top Limpopo medico, Malumbete Ralethe, is excited that South Africa will be hosting the event played under the auspices of the Federation of University International Sports (Fisu).

Ralethe is a board member of Fisu. He is also serving in the same capacity at the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Sports.

"It will be the first time that the world governing student sports body will be hosting a hockey championships, but we do not expect many countries to take part," said Ralethe.

"Fisu has over 115 member countries but we will be pleased with about 16, those are the countries who play hockey at schools and have also leagues.

"This is a major achievement for student hockey in South Africa, we have already started with preparations for the tournament."

Hockey is not the only code that will be hosted by Sassu next year. The country's student sports federation has also won the right to host golf.

"The 12th World University Golf Championships will take place in Sun City from September 1 to 5 and we are excited.

"The whole world is developing more and more interest in South Africa since we were awarded the right to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

"We have already begun with preparations for the golf tournament too," said Ralethe, who is also involved in the development of basketball in Limpopo.

Meanwhile, the draw for the 2007 World Student Games will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, next week for the teams sport.

South Africa will also be sending a team to the games which will take place in August.