THE Zimbabwe Open University (ZOU), staff members joined the rest of the Chancellor of Zimbabwe State Universities Staff Sports Games (CZSUSG) family at Lupane State University for the 8th edition of their annual games.

The seven-day sporting extravaganza kicked off with a show-stopping parade in and around the Lupane district on Tuesday, 10 July 2018. From that moment, the Campus was buzzing with a number of activities until the last day of the tournament on Saturday 14 July 2018.

A representative from the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education Science and Technology Development, Mr Dube said he was happy with the work that was done by the National Organising Committee (NOC), bringing people together and playing in the spirit of oneness.

He urged the leadership to start preparing for the next games which will be hosted by the Zimbabwe Open University. ZOU chairperson Mrs. Portia Mazhindu to receive the Flag for next hosts.

The association comprises of affiliated member universities from State Universities in Zimbabwe namely, Bindura University of Science Education, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Lupane State University, Midlands State University, National University of Science and Technology, Great Zimbabwe University, Gwanda State University, Marondera University of Agriculture Science and Technology and Zimbabwe Open University.

A number of sporting disciplines that include soccer, netball, volleyball, athletics, darts and pool, chess, basketball, table tennis and tug of war were competed for during the seven day period.

The other objective of the event is to enable these institutions of higher learning a platform to network and cross reference academic and social matters and obtain exposure to different cultures, also affording their staff members a chance to mix and mingle, sharing ideas and experiences in the process of competing.

CZSUSG President Redforward Dube said he was happy with the progress of the games year in year out. He reiterated that the games give members a chance to network, share best practice, socialize, reconnect and renew old friendships and strengthen new friendships. Also the tournament gives all participants an unforgettable experience of culture sharing, the ‘Ubuntu’ spirit, fair play, hospitality and helpfulness.

The Zimbabwe Open University teams had mixed fortunes this time around with the only two bronze medals coming from men chess team and the men’s 4x400m relay respectively.