University of Douala Wins 2017 ALL Varsity Games

Rector UD receiving the Gold Medal for Football

The University of Douala has challenged the hegemony of the All University Games by beating the National Institute of Youth and Sport-INJS to the Top of the medal count in the 2017 edition held in Bamenda. The UYI (12) and INJS (7) have won all the previous 19 editions of the University Games, but the UD surprised all when its athletes surpassed all expectation to grab a total of 31 medals, 14 of which were in goal. UD outsmarted the INJS on the last day of the games by winning goal in Men's football after a 1- 0 victory over the UYI. Before the finals, INJS and the UD all had 13 gold.

It is the first time the UD has emerge champions of the all varsity games. The only two previous winners have been the university of  UYI and INJS. The host University, the University of Bamenda finished 12th on the general classification table with a total of 16 medals, 6 in silver and 10 in bronze. UBa Vice Chancellor,

Prof Theresa Nkuo Akenji saluted the athletes who had less than three weeks to prepare for the games.  She blamed this on the lack of  adequate preparations mainly due to the fact that the playgrounds were under construction and coupled with the prevailing socio-political crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions that prevented UBa athletes from training elsewhere.

Higer Education Minister taking the olympic flag from UBa's VC

Closing the of games, the Minister of Higher Education, Prof Jacques Fame Ndongo congratulated the
University of Bamenda as exceptional host of the games and for using less than a year to achieve all the huge infrastructural investment realised .

The level of competitiveness in Bamenda 2017 was very high with a total of eight records broken. The games brought together some 19 Universities, 2646 athletes and 1000 supervisors. Holding under the theme; "20 years of promoting talents for national Development, peace, unity, and the emergence of Cameroon"

Jacques Fame Ndongo-Higher Education Minister closing the 2017 U-Games

Higher Education Minister handing over Olympic flag to the next host UMa's Rector

The games for the first time introduced a new category, where the participating universities competed in talents through exhibitions in several disciplines known as “Genius and talent of Cameroonian students” (GETEC).  GETEC is aimed at showcasing the different aspects of talents, in creative, agricultural and technological inventions and innovation. A total of 25 million FCFA was dished out to the pioneer winners of GETEC

  The University games in Bamenda took place with incomplete infrastructure especially football fields. MINESUP boss Prof. Fame Ndongo reassured the population that the  projects still underconstruction will be completed because government has already disbursed the sum of  32 billion FCFA for these projects.   

The University of Bamenda was hosting the 20th edition of the U-Games. The 21 Edition would be hosted by another baby University, the University of Maroua (UMa).  Prof Ako Edward Oben , Rector of the UMa  was handed the Olympic flag by the Chancellor of Academic Orders, the Minister of Higher Education Jacques Fame Ndongo.

 by Ndi Tsembom Elvis