Nsambya-based Joint Medical Stores (JMS) has given a Shs 5 million boost to the organisers of the East African University Games.
The ninth edition of the regional varsity tourney will be hosted by Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono from December 17 to 21. JMS’ offer includes an assortment of drugs and medical equipment, which will be used at the medical centre set up during the games.
Organisers expect as many as 4,800 students from 53 universities that have already confirmed participation. According to Vincent Kisenyi, vice president Local Organising Committee, they have revised some regulations and introduced new ones as well to streamline eligibility and fairness in the games. For instance, each university is required to submit photo albums of participating teams before the games kick off.
The format of play for rugby has been changed from 15s to 7s while age-limit on players was revised to 29 from the previous 27. Another notable change bars students who have recently graduated from participating in the tournament.
Kiseny said UCU has secured venues at nearby schools including Namilyango SS and Mukono Boarding SS to co-host some sports disciplines. Students will compete in more than 17 disciplines, including woodball that makes debut in the games.
Source : The Observer