UG PLACES 3RD AT 25TH GUSA GAMES
The University of Ghana (UG) came 3rd at the just ended 25th Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games hosted by University for Development Studies, Tamale from Thursday, 4th to Friday, 19th January, 2018. The University was represented in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Goalball, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball.
The competition for the 25th edition was under the theme Ghana at Sixty: The Role of Sports in National Development. It was under the auspices of the Vice-Chancellor for University for Development Studies Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye.
UG Excels in Racket Games
Team UG picked Gold medal in Badminton men singles and mixed doubles. The last time we achieved such a feat in the men singles was thirty eight years ago. This contributed in racking up
9 Gold, 13 Silver and 22 Bronze medals culminating in our 3rd position. The Sports Directorate’s investment in athletes through the University of Ghana Policy on the Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PAAS) and the University of Ghana Sport Fund (UG-SF) is yielding dividends for the University. UG-PAAS athletes selected for the competition in Tamale collected 92.6% of the 44 medals won by the University.
This patient investment and very strategic method by the University not only ensures we perform on the fields and courts but also training an all-round athlete who is able to fit well into the world of work and beyond.
Athletes and Team Performance
In general, the athletes performed creditably well and exhibited sportsmanship on and off the fields and courts. Daniel Sam a Diploma student in the first year reading Youth Development who was admitted through UG-PAAS and UG-SF beneficiary ensured that the long wait of winning gold in Badminton men singles came to an end. Some breathtaking performances which came from our reigning African Best Basketball Male Team(The core of which is made up of UG-PAAS and UG-SF beneficiaries) ensured that we remain unbeaten since January 2016. UG Tennis team led by Japheth Bagerbaseh (beneficiary of UG-PAAS and UG-SF) and Naa Shika Adu swept four gold medals in the men’s and women’s singles, women’s doubles and Team Event. They added a silver and bronze in the mixed doubles and men’s doubles respectively.
The future looks bright for UG with 59% of the athletes who represented us in Tamale in either level 100 or 200 students. This means that they will be available to compete in the next GUSA competition in 2020 and beyond.
The Director of Sports, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu was pleased with the returns and the fact that a little over half the contingent were in their first and second year of studies in the University which is good for their experience.
“We are very happy with our performance considering the fact that most athletes who won are in level 100 and 200 and we’re on course to make them very competitive athletes in the near future. We do participate with other institutions on a rather uneven and unfair field but we’re really doing our best and we’re happy with our performance and we will continue to nurture talents and develop them to become holistic student athletes”
The Captain for UG Goalball Team Gerald Arhin Emmanuel shared his view on successfully retaining their gold medals both in the male and female categories won in 2016.
“We were very prepared that winning gold did not come as a surprise. There are a lot of good players still in school even after we leave and we have a very good coach who can train those who haven’t even heard of Goalball to excel in it so the Gold will not end with us leaving.”
Senior Members and UG Sports Ambassador Visits Team
Some senior members on the Sports Advisory Board, Sports Management Committee of the Sports Directorate, Dean of Student Affairs Professor Francis Nunoo and UG Sports Ambassador, Mr. Reks Brobby all visited the team in Tamale.
They inspired the athletes to strive for excellence in all their endeavours and maintain the good brand of the University. Professor Francis Nunoo also shared his experience as an athlete and cheer group member during his days as a student of UG.
Participating teams for this year’s GUSA Games were University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Ghana (UG), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) and University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR).
The hosting right for the next GUSA games in 2020 was given to University of Ghana.