The 25th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games will begin this weekend in Tamale. The Games was launched at brief ceremony at the University of Professional Studies at Accra on Tuesday.
Under the theme, “Ghana at 60, the role of University Sports in National Development, 9 public universities will take part in 12 sporting events from 4th to 20th January at the University of Development studies in Tamale.
Launching the event, the Acting President of GUSA, Mr. Ben Osafo said the Games are meant to facilitate and coordinate the developments of sports and physical recreational activities and organise sports competitions among institutions at all levels.
He said that this years event will be dedicated to the memory of the late GUSA President Prof. Joseph Ogah who passed on sadly on 25th October, 2017.
He extolled the virtues of GUSA for their contribution to Ghana sports at all levels most especially at the 2017 World University Games where sprinter Emmanuel Yeboah clocked the third fastest time of 10.25s in the men’s 100m.
The Director of Sports of the host university, the University of Development Studies (UDS), Mr. Shaibu Ibrahim Tanko said his outfit is ready to host the Games, stressing that UDS is not only going to host the event but also win it on home soil.
He added that teams should come adequately prepared for the harmattan weather even though he thinks there is not much of difference between the weather in the north and south, in his opinion.
This will be third time that the University of Development Studies (UDS) will be hosting the GUSA Games, having last hosted the competition in 2008 and 2013.
Over 1500 athletes are expected to compete in football, basketball, handball, volleyball, beach volleyball, goalball, athletics tennis, table tennis, netball, badminton and hockey.
The participating universities include the University of Ghana, Legon, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Education Winneba (UEW), University of Development Studies (UDS), University of Mines and Technology (UMAT), University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS).