Ndejje University is the overall Champion of the East Africa University games. The university, which hosted the 12th Edition of the East Africa University games was crowned Wednesday night at the closing ceremony of the five-day game that took place at its main campus in Bombo.
Thirty-two universities took part in the games. The hosts, Ndejje found ease in defending the crown they won back in 2018 during the 11th edition of the regional University games that took place in Dodoma in Tanzania. Ndejje collected 124 medals.
These include 59 gold medals and 39 silver medals, and 26 bronze medals making them the overall winners of the games. Makerere University emerged second with 68 medals, 21 (Gold), 20 (silver), and 19 (bronze) medals. Makerere University Business School- MUBS came third with 40 medals 15 Gold, 6 silver, and 19 Bronze.
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Kenyatta University came fourth with 63 medals including 9 gold medals, 21 silver medals, and 33 bronze medals. Ndejje’s biggest triumph came in the swimming discipline where they accumulated 42 medals including 26 Gold medals, 11 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals. The State Minister for Sports, Peter Ogwang, who presided over the closing ceremony commended Ndejje University for braving the tough economy and hosting the games against all odds.
In the buildup of the games, Ndejje University received a boost of US 1 million from the government. In his speech, Ogwang said that the government is considering increasing its assistance for the University based on the success of the sports facilities at the campus now.
The University however faced challenges in some sports that involved many participants and were compelled to use stadiums like Nandere ground, which is located far away from the games village.
The University also failed to provide an athletics tartan for track events, which forced them to relocate the competitions to Bombo Military Barracks where they used a full grass-running track.
Ogwang noted that he witnessed all the challenges and will lobby for funds to facilitate Ndejje’s vision to have world-class sporting facilities.