13 February 2013

East Africa: Uganda Steals Show At EA University Games

UGANDA Universities won the majority of trophies at the just ended East African University Games at the University of Dar es Salaam grounds with host universities walking empty handed.

Kampala University enjoyed a lion's share of the trophies as they won it in taekwondo, soccer and handball in both men and women disciplines, athletics (women) and netball (men). One of the Kampala University players, Raymond Asimwe, attributed it to hard work and team work amongst the players.

However, he said, going by the talents showcased at the games, it was time to enroll more universities for more competitive games.

Other winners and their respective sports discipline in brackets are Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (table tennis-men), Kampala International University (table tennis-women, swimming-men) scrabble trophy which is an individual sport went to David Njenga of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture.

Others are Uganda's Ndejje University (badminton, volleyball-women), Makerere University (chess, rugby), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (tennis), University of Nairobi (swimming- women), Nkumba University (volleyball-men, netball women) and Uganda Christian University won basket in both men and women.

More than 2,572 athletes took part in the 8th edition of the bi-annual event that drew players from 41 Universities from within the region with a theme of "Promoting Regional Cooperation and Peace through Sports". Uganda was represented by 17 Universities; host Tanzania seven and 13 were from Kenya.

The athletes were all hosted at the UDSM's sports village, Mabibo Hostel. The championship is organized under the auspice of Tanzania Universities Sports Associations (TUSA) with more than 16 sports disciplines lined up for the event. The sports fields of the University of Dar es Salaam, Ardhi University and Lugalo Barracks were used. Track and field athletics were staged at the National Stadium.

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