From the moment Uganda Christian University won the rights to host the 2014 Eastern Africa University Games (EAUG), they faced a tall order to win over the public and participants.
But after five days of action, the organizing committee left no doubt it was a success. Everything seemed to have gone according to plan right from the onset as all competitions went smoothly. There were only a few cases of gamesmanship.
The dry weather also played its part in ensuring that there weren’t any major postponements. Indeed, the games marked an important milestone for UCU as they seek to become a top institution on the continent.
In athletics, Ndejje University has already bagged 54 medals, UCU 32, and Kenyatta University has come third with 14. Ndejje has also won gold in table tennis, and swept all the top honours in woodball.
The hosts, UCU, also registered achievements in rugby, beating favourites Makerere University 28:12 in the final. United States International University (USIU) was a surprise third. The standout star was Bugema University’s Joshua Cheptegei, won two gold medals in 10,000m and 5,000m. “I’m very happy to win two gold medals. I found both races easy for me,” he said.
Taekwondo was dominated by foreign teams, with Kenya Methodist University (KMU) bagging 13 medals while USIU came a close second with 10. Kampala International University (KIU) was crowned karate champions after scooping 11 medals plus the gold trophy whereas Ndejje University came second and took home a silver trophy.
Kampala International University’s Agahozo Alphonse was the star man in the pool and secured gold in 400m and 800m freestyle races. For the hosts UCU, the games achieved their essence of promoting regional brotherhood that surpasses all difficulties.
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali, who is also the UCU chancellor, told The Observer that the successful hosting of these games is a sign of “UCU’s recognition on the continent of Africa.”
Rev Dr John Senyonyi, the UCU vice-chancellor echoes the feeling: “It is an honour for the first private university to host these games.” He added that it was another great opportunity for the institution just a year they [UCU] hosted the Inter-University Games in December 2013.
Source : The Observer