State minister of sports Hon Peter Ogwang was chief guest, condemning use of non-students for the East Africa University Games
2022 East Africa University Games:
- Overall winner: Ndejje University – 124 Medals [59 Gold, 39 Silver, 26 Bronze]
- 2nd: Makerere University – 68 Medals [21 Gold, 20 Silver, 27 Bronze]
- 3rd: Makerere University Business School (MUBS) – 40 Medals [15 Gold, 6 Silver, 19 Bronze]
Ugandan universities were dominant during the 2022 East Africa University Games hosted by Ndejje University, Luweero.
The hosts optimally utilized their home advantage status to retain the overall crown during the 12th edition of the biannual games.
The victors scooped gold in Basketball (men), Woodball (men), Karate (men), Handball (men and women), Badminton (women), Swimming (Women), Taekwondo (Women), Darts (women) and athletics (men and women).
They scooped a total of 124 medals; 59 gold, 39 silver and 26 bronze.
Makerere University finished second overall with 68 medals; 21 gold, 20 silver and 27 bronze.
Makerere University was dominant in the men and women chess event as well as Badminton and woodball.
Nakawa based Makerere University Business School (MUBS) finished third overall with 40 medals in total; 15 gold, 6 silver and 19 bronze.
MUBS’ gold came in Swimming, Woodball (women), athletics and Table Tennis.
Kenyan universities Kenyatta reigned in Rugby (Strathmore). KEMU (Taekwondo), Kisii (Darts), Kenyatta (Table Tennis Men).
Busitema took the gold in Scrabble, Kampala University (KU) beat Victoria University (VU) 68-51 in the Netball final to scoop gold.
Uganda Christian University (UCU) overcame Ndejje 42-37 in the Netball third place play-off match.
Bugema University smiled past Islamic University In Uganda (IUIU) 1-0 in the men’s football finale with Din Swalaf Sebbale scoring the lone goal.
Uganda Christian University (UCU) won the girls’ football gold after a hard fought 1-0 win over Kampala University (KU), courtesy of Bridget Nabisalu’s goal.
Meanwhile, Kenyatta University came in the 4th position with 9 goal medals, 21 silver and 33 bronze medals, went back to Kenya with a total of 63 medals.
State Minister for Sports Hon. Peter Ogwang was chief guest during the official closing ceremony.
I congratulate Ndejje for hosting a successful event, I congratulate all the winners and the participants, but I ask the Universities not to use none students in these games, and if a University is caught I ask let it be banned for one, two or three years while not taking part in the games with a huge fine, don’t fine the tutor or student, but a whole University. The use of non-students in these games, hinder the development of the sport in the country, you can’t get the Cheptegei’s, you can’t the product for national team that can represent the country, so avoid non students in these games.Hon.
Area Member of Parliament (Katikamu South) Hon. Hassan Kirumira Lukalidde asserted that Sports is a unifying factor and leads to development.
Universities investing in Sports is a good sign towards the development of our sports and education and on a broader picture, sports helps to unite East Community, and as leaders we use sports to bring our people together, it’s that even Universities come together and compete because this strengthen our integration as East Community.” Says the Area member of Parliament.Hon. Hassan Kirumira Lukalidde, MP Katikamu South
According to organizers, the event attracted at least 3000 participants and officials.