By James Bakama & Shafik Senoga
9th Eastern Africa University Games
At Uganda Christian University from December 17 to 21
Over 3000 athletes will converge in Mukono in December for the ninth Eastern Africa University Games.
Uganda Christian University (UCU) will host the December 17 to 21 event expected to attract over 40 universities from 12 countries.
UCU becomes the first private university to host the biennial event.
“This is a sign of confidence in UCU. We promise a good event,” said Church of Uganda Archbishop Stanley Ntagali.
Ntagali, who doubles as the UCU Chancellor, officially launched the games at UCU’s sports ground yesterday.
Ntagali called for support. “I appeal to government, the corporate world and the press to partner in organizing and publicizing the games,” he stated.
Vice chairman local organizing committee Vincent Kisenyi said sh1bn is required to stage the event.
A lion dominates the games’ logo highlighting the power of sports as a unifying factor.
“The lion is undoubtedly the true king of the jungle. Africans identify very well with the lion, a true symbol of power, tact and might,” explained Ntagali.
Ntagali stressed that sports is a powerful tool that can further enhance the East African Community.
It’s in this spirit that the games’ slogan “Sports, Pamoja (unity through sports)” is derived.
Ntagali noted that the bible too is awash with this symbolism.
The previous games were staged by the University of Dar es Salaam. Ndejje University emerged overall winners.
The eighth edition should have been held in 2012 but had to be postponed to the following year. UCU will become the second Ugandan university to host the games with Makerere having been the first.