The University of Ghana, Legon Boundary, Accra, has won the 2023 edition of the West African Universities Games (WAUG) Championship, hosted by Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Ile-Ife, Osun.
The university won 10 gold, eight silver, and three bronze medals, emerging as the winner of the championship.
The University of Education, Winneba, Ghana, came second with six gold, four silver, and four bronze medals, ahead of Benson Idahosa University, Edo, which came third with six gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.
Receiving the first-place trophy on behalf of the institution, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu, the Director of Sports of the University, dedicated the trophy to one of their athletes who lost his mother on Wednesday.
Bitugu mentioned that the athlete, Oyeyemi Johnson, whose father is of Nigerian origin and Ghanaian mother, received the sad news while participating in the games.
In his closing address, the Vice-Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Simeon Bamire, appreciated all the participants and wished them safe journeys to their various destinations.
Bamire congratulated all the medalists, stating that the most important lesson of the games is for the participants to strive for greater heights.
Also speaking, Shaibu Tanko, WAUG President, thanked all the universities that participated in the games, urging the athletes to inspire the world.
Tanko mentioned that the games, for the first time, conducted its elections, which produced him as the president to lead its affairs for the next four years.
He, thereafter, appealed to stakeholders to give him and his executive the needed support to move university sports in West Africa to the next level.
The championship started on December 15 with athletes from 20 universities in Nigeria and Ghana participating in the games.
Events being competed for at the games include table tennis, athletics, tennis, and basketball.
WAUG, also known as the ECOWAS Students Games, is a multi-sport event between student-athletes from West African universities.
The first edition of the competition was held in 1965 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university.