The Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU) annual Vice Chancellors games which were initially scheduled for August 23 to 27 have since been moved forward to August 30 to September 3 to pave way to the National Youth Games that are set to be happening in the same week in Hwange.Centre for Student Management Director Professor David Chakuchichi confirmed the latest development.
The fifth edition of the VC’s games will be held at Manicaland Regional Campus and all 10 Regional Campuses will participate at different venues dotted around Mutare. The 2017 edition will see the event increasing the number of days from the usual two to three. The additional day was necessitated by the increment of activities that will be done during the event, with Culture and Music Night and Miss ZOU set to pen off the games. Culture and Music Night will be used as rundown entertainment to the Miss ZOU event which will be done for the first time as well.
Speaking on behalf of the university’s National Student Representative Council (SRC), the Secretary Sports, Alice Muchenu, said there was need to add another day for the games after the introduction of Culture and Music Night and Miss ZOU pageant events.
“There was every reason to increase the number of days after the introduction of the two events. It was discovered that not all students were good at sporting activity and on the same note, we have to accommodate those that do not do any sporting activities in that particular manner,” she said.
The night will give all Regional Campuses a chance to showcase cultural expertise from their different regions while the Miss ZOU pageant which was done as a trial run last year in Bulawayo will be done in full force this year to close this year’s games.
“Yes, the event is on this year 2017, we are actually trying hard to bring on board the corporate sector to bankroll this event. This is where most of the girls who will end up representing the country at different stages come from. So let’s catch them young and give them the best coaching in this modeling profession,” he added.
Speaking from Mutare, Manicaland Regional Campus president, who is the chairman of the organising committee, Brandon Kudzai Chombo said everything was almost in place and they were more than ready to host all the 10 Regional Campuses for the games.
“Most of the work has been done, food arrangements and accommodation. We got the green light from police and we are ready to go. We are now waiting for National Centre to provide us with different sporting codes and equipment,” Chombo said.
The main focus will be on Bulawayo province who have scooped the first overall prize more than three times while it has to be seen whether Harare soccer team will continue with their juggernaut as they have won gold since the inception of the games.