The 26th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games kicks off today on the campus of the University of Ghana (UG). The much-anticipated Games dubbed Legon 2020 will end on 19th January 2020.
The Games are under the distinguished patronage of Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana. The Game is themed “Integrating Sport into Academia for Youth Empowerment and Development.”
This edition will witness for the first time ever, eleven (11) institutions compete for laurels at the Hill of Knowledge. The institutions comprise the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, University of Education, Winneba, University for Development Studies, University of Mines and Technology, University of Professional Studies, University of Energy and Natural Resources and the University of Health and Allied Sciences. The new entrants at this year’s competition are the Ghana Institute of Journalism and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
Over two thousand athletes from the eleven institutions will compete in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Football, Goalball, Handball, Hockey, Netball, Table Tennis, Tennis, and Volleyball. Beach Volleyball which was experimented at the 25th edition, has been adopted as part of the official disciplines. Some talented athletes to grace the field and tracks during the Games include the fastest student-athlete in Africa and African Games Champion Benjamin Azamati and 400 meters Bronze winner at the African Games Grace Obour both of UG, Edwin Gadayi of UCC, Neeyi Akesseh of UEW, Kate Agyeman and Rafiatu Nuhu both of UDS.
The Local Organising Committee led by Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs) and her indefatigable deputy Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu together with their team have introduced innovations such as Karaoke and movie nights, live broadcast of football matches, indoor and outdoor games and variety shows. This is to help athletes and officials relax after the day’s activities and also establish lifelong relationships.
The LOC seeks to host a memorable Games which befits the status of a higher learning institution and be referred to as the best organised GUSA Games in the history of tertiary sports in Ghana.
A very colourful opening ceremony will be held on 6th January 2020 at the University of Ghana Main Field at 1 pm. The ceremony will be followed by a football match between the host University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.