The 6th edition of 2015 Mini Ghana University Sports Association (GUSA) Games took place from the 2nd to 9th of January, 2015 at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).
The games is a miniature of the main GUSA Games but with limited events. These games are used to select athletes to represent Ghana at the World University Games. The events selected for this year included Soccer, Athletics, Tennis, Table Tennis and Badminton.
Unlike the 2013/ 2014 Mini GUSA Games held at the University for Development Studies (UDS) in Tamale where Team UG placed 2nd, this year’s Mini GUSA recorded a bad run for University of Ghana. Team UG placed fourth for the first time and recorded one of the worst performances in recent times.
After a slow start, Team UG managed to annex 3 gold, 7 silver and 9 bronze medals in athletics, 1 bronze from soccer, 1 gold from tennis, 1 silver from table tennis and nothing from Badminton. Click here to see medal table .
Speaking to Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu (Director of Sports, UG) he said
“The number of days our athletes had to prepare for the tournament was inadequate. Unlike our sister Universities who had finished their examination long before the competition we had just four days to prepare for the completion, so given the time and the circumstances, I feel we did our best.”
This year’s games did not witness the prowess of athletes like William Akuka, Cynthia Kwabi and newly found talents like Misiso Yayrah and George Asaimah (Courtesy UG-PAAS) who always brought loud cheers to most UG and GUSA sanctioned competitions
When asked why the absence of all these athletes and the low performance, the Director of Sports attributed it to many reasons. He said apart from the short period of training, the major reasons for this performance were mainly;
“The inability of UG Distance and City Campus students to participate at GUSA sanction games. This is due to a UG management directive that exempts them from paying sports dues thus rendering them illegible to participate in any GUSA sanction competition hence their absence. Unfortunately, this means all those athletes will miss the opportunity to represent UG, GUSA and the nation at the July, 2015 World University Games in Gwangu, South Korea.
Subsequently, the UG-PAAS athletes who were brought in to replenish the various school teams after the exit of most final year athletes could not also represent the University because the games happened to be at the same period they were taking their examinations.
However we will review all in order for Team UG to bounce back and regain its rightful place when it comes to University and International sports”.