BY RONALD AWANY
UCU has won a total of four gold medals and finished eighth in the continent.
During the eighth edition of the All Africa University Games in the Republic of South Africa, which took place June 26 to July 2, at the University of Johannesburg and the Tshwane University of Technology: the Badminton duo of Daniel Mihigo and Brenda Nabusindo won gold in mixed doubles before each of them won gold in the men’s and women’s singles respectively.
Mihigo later paired up with Botswana’s Tefo Kabomo to win silver in the men’s doubles.
In track and field, Mary Zawadi won gold in the women’s long jump while Benson Okot teamed up with the Kenyans to win bronze in the men’s 4×100 relays.
With only four athletes entered into the competitions, UCU still managed an overall total of four gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze.
Meanwhile archrivals Ndejje University finished third behind co-hosts, Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Johannesburg who finished first and second respectively. Ndejje University won eight gold medals, all from track events.
The other universities from Uganda were Makerere University, Kyambogo University and Busitema University who finished 15th, 24th and 32nd respectively.
UCU Vice Chancellor, Dr John Senyonyi, commended the athletes for their performance.
“It is a very exciting and prideful thing that our students are continuously performing well,” he said.
Dr Senyonyi echoed the need to recognize the achievements of excellent performers across the board, within and outside the UCU community.
“I applaud those students and look forward to meeting and recognizing them in the community. The beauty with UCU is that we have an all-round performance and not just in sports alone,” he said.