Kyambogo University took part in the world university games, taking three students; our reporter talked to Mr. Ssana Daudi, the Senior Sports Tutor and below is a report on these games

On July 2, 2019,  following an invitation from the Association of Uganda University Sports (AUUS), the National University team travelled to Napoli in Italy to take part in the thirtieth edition of the World University games as part of the contingency from Uganda. Do you remember Dieg Maradona?  Napoli is a famous city where he used to play from.

The national university team is comprised of participants from universities in Uganda which included; Kyambogo University, Makerere University, Ndejje University, Bugema University, Uganda Christian University and Nkumba University. Outstanding students were identified to form a team that played in Napoli.

The initial plan was to take basketball, table tennis, tennis, T&F Athletics and swimming but due to financial constraints, we ended up zeroing down to three disciplines namely: swimming, T&F athletics and tennis. Uganda took to Napoli a contingency of 35 people for these games, (28 athletes and 7 officials).

Kyambogo University team pose for a photo at their residence (athletes’ village)

 Kyambogo University originally had 6 athletes and 2 officials on the team but funds available only allowed 3 students who included; Ms. Apolot Margaret (100 meters, 200 meters and a relay), Mr. Nuwamanya Emmanuel (100 meters, 200 meters and a relay) and Mr. Ongom Timothy (1500meters, 3000meters, and marathon) and one official, Mr. Ssana Daudi, the Senior Sports Tutor.

 The games which attracted a total of 147 countries were a follow up of the recently concluded East African university games, which were held in Dodoma Tanzania in December 2018. The Napoli games were played in a variety of venues but the Ugandan contingency participated in the three disciplines which included; swimming, T&F athletics and tennis.

Kyambogo University emerged the 6th out of 38 universities that participated. On the global scale, Uganda emerged the 44th out the 147 and on the continental level, Uganda emerged the third after collecting silver and bronze medals. In athletics, the silver medal was won by Shida Lemi, a Bugema University student in 400 meters while the bronze was won by Dorcus Ajok in 800 meters from Ndejje University.

Kyambogo University students generally competed up to semi-final level. However, Ongom Timothy went up to finals in the marathon and ended the 16th out of 60 participants and then Emmanuel Nuwagaba who was in a relay, finished in the 6th position at the final level.

The challenges registered were; financial constraints which restricted the number of participants and thus reducing the chances of winning many awards, long distance from the accommodation venue to the competing venue which at times led to late arrival resulting into panicking before the commencement of the games, hot weather conditions which were unfamiliar to our athletes and poor communication since the host community spoke Italiano.

On the whole, the students were able to improve on their records and the exposure was worth it because it exposed them to many talented people across the globe.

Great appreciation goes to management for facilitating the team to such an elite and prestigious world championship