The Sports Directorate of the country’s premier university, University of Ghana, Legon, held the flag of Ghana aloft in this year’s Federation of African University Sports (FASU) Games in Ethiopia (Mekelle University).
Team Legon succeeded in clinching five gold medals in the men’s badminton (Singles), tennis men’s singles, tennis mixed doubles and basketball men, after close to a week of a hotly-contested sports festival.
They grabbed silver in the badminton doubles event, and bronze in the women’s tennis singles.
With a contingent of 14 athletes, Team Legon finished fifth behind Ndejje University (Uganda), University of Johannesburg and Addis Ababa University which participated with a large contingent (of 30).
In all, Ghana placed fifth, but per the universities, Team Legon placed third.
The Director of the University of Ghana Sports Directorate, Dr Bella Bello Bitugu attributed the team’s successes to the collective effort of policies, management and administration, as well as re-stocking of students.
He said on arrival at the Kotoka International Airport yesterday: “I felt so elated, taking into account there were seven gold medals at stake, and we won five, that is a great and remarkable achievement.”
Regina Afari Boateng commended the athletes and the technical team for the feat and also attributed the university’s student-athlete policy as one of the reasons for the success.
“We bring sports men and women on a concessional basis.”
To badminton Coach Henry Nii Sackey, hard work and determination did the trick.
Team Legon received massive support from Dr Daniel McKorley (McDan), Patron of the University of Ghana Sports Directorate.
47 universities from 16 countries participated in the ninth edition of the games.