Speaking at the 8th Edition of Chancellor of Zimbabwe State Universities Staff Games, which were held from the 15th to the 20th of July 2019. The Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor dr. Amon Murwira, encouraged the spirit of productivity through sportsmanship as envisioned in the games’ theme “Healthy Mind and Body to Champion Innovation and Industrialisation.”
“Universities should take lead in producing highly distinguished sports personalities for the immediate and ultimate benefit of society. Institutions of Higher learning are the brains of the nation. Whatever universities do communities will follow suit”, he said
In his welcome remarks, Zimbabwe Open University, Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Francis Themba Mugabe, told athletes to continue taking sports seriously as they have numerous benefits, which contribute to the wellness of body in addition to improving productivity in the workplace.
“Sport has been known for years to be the most effective tool to break discrimination and unite communities and the society at large…… Sport is thus interesting and entertaining…. Through sports several skills are learnt including team work, confidence and discipline, and we can therefore transfer those skills to the core business of our universities,” he said.
Soon after the opening ceremony of the games it was time to get down to business with teams battling for championship in the Tug of War and Cultural competition. ZOU women tug of war team competition stole the limelight through a polished performance, however they lost to Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) who proved to be the better side at the end of the day. In the men tug of war UZ won against GZU.
The Cultural competition pitted the host ZOU against GZU. However, ZOU settled for the silver medal.
In his closing remarks, Professor Murwira congratulated all winners who exhibited their best by competing in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play. He further implored staff to be change agents through exploring new ways of doing business. The Minister expressed his gratitude to the ZOU Acting Vice Chancellor and his team for hosting such an important event on the Higher Education Calendar.
A total of 10 State Universities participated in the games which included soccer, volleyball, netball, basketball, tennis, darts, tug of war and cultural competitions among others. The tournament was sponsored by First Mutual, POSB, FBC Micro Plan Financial Services, CIMAS, Doves, FCG, Schweppes, Mars, and Old Mutual.
At the end of it all ZOU finished on eight position in the medals table clinching a total of 1 gold medal, 5 silver medals and 4 bronze medals. We congratulate Team ZOU for a sterling performance.