The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu has urged leadership of the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) to aspire to go beyond the scope of organising competitions and tournaments and find ways to make sports sustainable in the country.
This, according to Prof Oduro Owusu will culminate in the public universities becoming the hub of national teams and elite sports as was the case a few years ago.
He made the call last Monday during the official opening ceremony of the 26th edition of the GUSA Games held at the Main Field of the University of Ghana (UG).
Prof Ebenezer Oduro Owusu (fourth from right) receiving a dummy cheque from one of the sponsors of the GUSA Games during the ceremony
Delivering the welcome address, he said: “GUSA should have a second look at its routine and periodic Games and move towards nurturing and developing talents in sports at the universities.
He continued: “Similarly, GUSA should be abreast of the modern ways of managing and developing sports and public universities in Ghana are therefore, encouraged to support GUSA in this drive.
The well attended ceremony started with an introductory remarks by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Students Affairs of UG who doubles as Chairperson of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), Prof. Nana Aba Appiah Amfo.
In her remarks, Prof. Nana Aba noted that it took the collective effort of the Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the University of Ghana, its leadership and numerous friends and supporters as well as internal and external stakeholders ensure that this year’s GUSA remains an astonishing event in the history of tertiary sports festival.
She added that the UG, through its flagship policy, the University of Ghana Policy on Admission of Athlete Students (UG-PASS) and the establishment of the UG Sports Fund, remains committed to the development of youth sports in the country.
“Management is committed to developing a holistic Sports Policy to drive the development of sports talents while recognizing and nurturing the intellectual capacity of young sports persons,” she said.
Prof Nana Aba Appiah Amfo speaking at the event
She concluded by glowing tribute to the stakeholders for their diverse contributions to ensure the Games is well-coordinated while admonishing the participants as well as spectator and to enjoy the activities of the two-week competition.
Earlier, athletes of the participating universities, beautifully clad in colours of their various institutions, .made their way to the venue in a grand style as they matched pass the dais which drew loud cheers and applause.
The University of Cape Coast (UCC), who are defending champions, led the pack followed by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Mines and Technology (UMat), University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and finally the University of Ghana.
The highest point of the day was the performances by students from the School of Performing Arts who displayed cultural dances symbolizing unity among the various regions of Ghana.
The awe-inspiring performances had guests glued to their seats as they savored the gestures beautifully put together by the students. There were also displays and well-choreographed moves depicting discipline and good sportsmanship.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Registrar of GIMPA, Mr Julius Atukpui, Deputy Rector of fGIMPA, Prof Phillip Duku Osei, Rector of GIJ, Prof Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, Rector of GIMPA, Prof Ebo Bondzi-Simpson, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Univerisity of Education, Winneba, Prof Andy Ofori, President of GUSA, Dr Charles Dumfeh, Registrar of UG, Mrs Mercy Haisel-Ashie, Vice Chancellor of University of Heath and Allied Sciences, and Prof John Owusu Gyapong.
Others were Dr Simon Abugri who represented the Vice Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources,Pro Vice-Chancellor of UCC, Prof Dora Adu, representative from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, MP for Awayaso West Wuogon Constituency, Lydia Alhassan and UG Sports Ambassador, Mr Rex Brobbey.
The Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) was formed in 1966 by University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast and KNUST.
The aims of GUSA are to uphold and promote its founding principles through organisation structures as may evolve through the continuing interaction of its members and to facilitate and co-ordinate the development of sports, physical recreational activities and organise sports competitions among member institutions at all levels.