University of Ghana athletes at Cairo maiden African Universities Olympics

University of Ghana athletes at Cairo maiden African Universities Olympics

UG at africa universities olympic games

Athletes from the University of Ghana (UG) participated in the maiden African Universities Olympic Games from Tuesday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Cairo, Egypt.

The competition was organised by the Association of African Universities in partnership with All-Africa Students’ Union and Al-Azhar University in Cairo.

The Olympics seeks to create a common platform for participating universities across the five geopolitical regions of Africa to harness and develop young talents for the continent.

It will also help foster a stronger partnership, collaboration among student athletes participating and enhance intercultural dialogue among all participants.

This initiative is one of the key strategies mapped out to achieve the African Union’s fifty-year “Agenda 2063” for the African Continent.

Twenty universities were invited across the five geopolitical regions of Africa to compete in three disciplines; Athletics, Basketball and Football but the University of Ghana will participate in Athletics.

The selection of Universities for the maiden University Olympics was based on performance in the Federation of African Universities Games held in Mekelle University in Ethiopia held in 2018.

Basketball male team was added to the Athletics team, but the invite came at a later date which was impossible due to budgetary allocations.

The UG contingent was made of eighteen students, a coach, a Masseur, Medical Doctor, a Sports Organiser and the Director of Sports as the leader of delegation.

Team UG commenced training in the first week of February at the UG Stadium ahead of the tournament.

The athletes selected to represent the university proved the zeal and character in training to improve upon their performance at the mini Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games held at University of Cape Coast in January.

Raja Lagble, Prince Anis Faraj and Eric Aglo participated in the National Cross Country organized by the National Sports Authority at Mpohor in the Western Region to keep them in form ahead of the Olympics in Cairo.

Mr. Elorm Amenakpor, Athletics Coach (Sprints) at UG praised his athletes for the level of work exhibited at training and desire to be better athletes. He remarked that he was looking forward to seeing a better and improved performance by his athletes.

“The team keeps improving competition after competition. At the West African Universities Games in University of Port Harcourt and mini GUSA Games in University of Cape Coast, we saw clearly the performance of the team especially the male team improved.

The African Universities Olympics will certainly give my athletes the exposure and experience they need in developing their careers and also as means of preparing for GUSA 2020 at UG,” he said.

For his part, the Director of Sports at UG, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu lauded the idea of putting together an African Universities Olympics to further promote sports on the continent.

He added that UG was happy to be part of the maiden edition saying “this is a clear manifestation of  international outlook achieved through sports.”