2020 GUSA Games launched at University of Ghana

Author: Beatrice Laryea
The mascot has been named Nileygon meaning mountain of knowledge

The University of Ghana, hosts of the 2020 Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games, has unveiled the logo, mascot and campaign song for the competition scheduled for Accra in January next year.

The logo, which was beautifully designed by Samuel Asamoah, a former student of the university, features an athlete getting ready to participate in all the 13 disciplines that will be competed in during the games.

The campaign song, written by John Edmundson Sam, also talks about unity and development among the competing universities, while the mascot is named Nileygon, which literally means a mountain of knowledge.

The logo, campaign song and mascot were unveiled during the official launch of the games at the Great Hall of the university last Wednesday. For their efforts in designing the logo and writing the song, Asamoah and Edmundson earned GH₵1,000 and GH₵1,500 respectively.

The logo was designed by Samuel Asamoah

Speaking at the launch, the Director of Sports at the University of Ghana (UG), Dr Bella Bello Bitugu, promised that his outfit would host a competition that reflects the standards of a world-class university.

Dr Bitugu, who doubles as co-chairman of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), noted that his enthusiastic staff had worked hard to ensure UG put up a good show during the games, expressing gratitude to the management of the university for approving the request to host the competition and also supporting the LOC in preparations towards the games.

“We are very happy and looking forward to this games and we are really getting ready towards it because we want to host a games that reflect the standard of a world-class university so we look forward so much. I don’t think we have so many challenges or difficulties," said Dr Bitugu.

"We are full of hope because we have achieved some successes already. The facilities are being put up, work at the stadium is progressing steadily, the tartan tracks are getting ready the offices are being put up and we have gotten approval for budget so we are sure that  UG will host one of the best GUSA Games in 2020," he added.

Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion in a pose

For his part, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university and co-Chairman of the LOC, Prof. Kwame Offei, said UG was committed to the GUSA cause, adding that management would give the LOC the necessary support to succeed in their activities.

“We are committed to hosting this competition and that is the reason why senior management will give all the necessary support to the Sports Directorate to succeed. We are very hopeful and expectant tht government will provide the funds to complete the University Stadium on time for the competition,” he said.

The theme for the 2020 games is “Integrating Sports into academia for Youth Empowerment and Development”.

In attendance was the president of GUSA Games, Charles Domfeh who pledged the support of the leadership of GUSA to ensure a successful event.

Also present were some deans, heads of departments, members of the Sports Management Committee, members of the Sports Advisory Board, the LOC and sub committees.