Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i has guaranteed that his ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts may introduce sports scholarships in Education. This is in a bid to promote the level of competition in sports and enhance a good sporting environment.
“I will work with my counterpart, Dr. Hassan Wario (Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts) to come up with a sports scholarship programme starting from the next financial year as a way of developing and harnessing sports talents in the country,” said Dr. Matiang’i.
Dr. Matiang’i was speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), during the official closing of the 10th Edition of the Eastern Africa University Games (EAUG), Tuesday, December 20.
As the Games came to a crescendo, Ndejje University of Uganda retained the title as the regional champions.
In keeping with the theme of the games Regional Sports for Health, Unity, Peace and Academic Excellence, the Cabinet Secretary acknowledged that the games provided the requisite platform to spread the gospel of regional integration and to nurture peace and unity in the region.
Commission for University Education, Chief Executive Officer, Prof. David Some lauded the East Africa University Sports Federation for introducing the games as a way of nurturing young talents in the region.
“Athletes from our University could easily form our national sides if their talents are developed and nurtured, said Prof. Some citing the United States of America which 46% of their Olympic athletes came from institutions of higher learning.
Prof. Some also said his commission may also look into accrediting higher learning institutions based on sports in a bid to foster responsibility and discipline among student.
On her part the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, said she was impressed with the level of sportsmanship displayed by all the teams participating in the games.
“It was gratifying to see members of the opposing teams embracing each other and shaking hands at the end of each game. Such an act of camaraderie amongst competitors is a very important manifestation of the critical role these games can achieve in the process of inculcating and fostering the spirit of tolerance among the Eastern Africa University students through sports,” said Prof. Imbuga.
Although Ndejje University took the pole position, Ugandan dominance in the games was curtailed by their Kenyan counterparts. Out of the top ten institutions, six were from Kenya. Kenyatta University, USIU, Kibabii University, the University of Nairobi, Technical University of Kenya and Catholic University of Eastern Africa put up a spirited fight to break the Ugandan supremacy in the regional games.
The hosting University, JKUAT, managed to bag 32 medals (4 golds, 14 silvers and 14 bronze) a massive improvement compared to the 9th edition of the games that saw them win 11 medals. JKUAT Karate Team, famously known as Morwins Club, led by their captain Damson Wachira flew the JKAUT flag high, bagging 3 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze.