Twenty five teams from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) were on Friday December 6, 2019 flagged off by the Vice Chancellor Prof Victoria Wambui Ngumi to participate in this year’s Kenya University Sports Association games to be held in Eldoret.
The indoor and outdoor games scheduled to start December 17, 2019 and end on January 21, 2020, will involve students under the age of 25. The games will include chess, karate, football, athletics, roll ball, volleyball among others.
Prof. Ngumi in her address commended the participants, most of who are current national champions in some of the categories like swimming, basketball, hockey and badminton. Captains of these victorious categories presented to her trophies won during the year. She singled out Curtis Wekesa, a football player with Gor Mahia who was also named the Sportsman of the Year for a job well done. The achievement, she noted, brought glory to the University.
Prof Ngumi encouraged the students to participate in constructive extra curricula engagements, citing the opportunities that arise from such activities.
The Director of Sports, Dr Waweru Kamaku spoke about new support mechanisms for the sports teams. Starting this year, he disclosed, every team will be accompanied by a physiotherapist selected from amongst medical students at the University’s College of Health Sciences. In addition, he further pointed out, each team will have a leader and an established mentor especially one who plays the particular sport. He gave an example of Dr Philip Oyier, a lecturer in Information Technology who, he said, would chaperone the hockey team due to his prowess and past achievements in the game.
In his remarks, the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof Robert Kinyua underscored the importance of discipline during sporting engagements as ambassadors of JKUAT, as well as their own individual reputation so as to uphold JKUAT as a brand. Similar sentiments were expressed by the University Chaplain Rev. Dr John Karihe who advised the sporting men and women to at all times cultivate and develop a positive mental attitude if they were to win in competitions.