Defending champions, the University of Ghana rounded her poor show at the 2015 mini GUSA games in fourth place after collecting a paltry 13 medals at the games in Kumasi. Team UG failed to live up to their usual high standards, picking just three gold medals 6 silver and 10 bronze medals.
The University of Cape Coast finished first after collecting 41 medals (18 gold, 14 silvers and 9 bronze medals), University of Education Winneba finished second on the medal log with 27 medals, host Kwame Nkrumah University came third after collecting 24 medals and the University for Professional studies in fifth with just two bronze medals.
Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, the director of sports at the University of Ghana attributed the team’s poor campaign to the lack of adequate preparation.
Speaking to Univers Sports he said “I don’t think we had adequate preparation, we were always at a disadvantage. The other sister Universities had finished their examination long before the competition so I think the academic programme affected us a lot but given the time and the circumstances I feel we did our best.”
Five schools instead of the normal 7 participated in this year’s games at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with the University of Mines and technology (UMAT) and the University of Development Studies failing to attend.
The Mini GUSA competition is a miniature of the main GUSA competition that sees the public Universities in Ghana compete against each other in various sporting events. This year’s event will also serve as a platform for the athletes to be selected to represent the country at the World University Championships in Seoul- South Korea in June this year.
Written by: Marmah Ish – Univers Sports