MUKONO. The dominance of private institutions was well spelt out in the final medal table tally of the Eastern Africa University Games (EAUG). The top three spots indicate a shift in sporting power from public universities to private institutions, a factor that could be attributed to increased study scholarships offered by non-government institutions to talented students.
Ndejje University retained the Eastern Africa University Games (EAUG) overall title as the championships ended at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono last Sunday. The Luwero-based private institution amassed 98 medals from all disciplines including 34 gold, 28 silver and 36 bronze to repeat the feat they managed in the eighth edition hosted in Dar-es-Salaam in 2012. They won in athletics, badminton, woodball and table tennis en route to the feat.
Rwandan swimmer Alphonsene Agahozo, collected 17 individual medals to help her Kampala International University (KIU) finish second with a haul of 58 medals. KIU’s collection included 32 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze.
The hosts UCU, who are also the first private university to host the games, finished third with 42 medals. They picked 13 gold, 15 silver and 19 bronze.
Kenyatta and Makerere in fourth and seventh positions respectively, were the highest ranked public institutions.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor