By Stephen Njumbe Sako
The fifteenth edition of the Cameroon University Games ended on Saturday May 12, 2012 in Buea with the National Institute of Youth and Sports (INJS) occupying top position in the medal classification table. The four-time champions of the annual sports jamboree finished first this year, grabbing a total of 43 medals, 17 in gold, 15 in silver and 11 in bronze. The University of Yaounde II came second, winning a total 43 medals, 10 in gold, 10 in silver and 23 in bronze; while the University of Dschang occupied the third position accumulating a total of 30 medals of which 9 were in gold, 6 in silver and 15 in bronze. The University of Buea’s unsavoury performance and eigth position left a bitter taste in the mouth its supporters and stakeholders.
In sociocultural animation award, the National Advance School of Public Works Annex-Buea Fan’s Club emerged first in the classification table for animation, while the Fan Club of the Universities of Douala and Dschang occupied the second and third positions, respectively.
During the official closing ceremony, the Higher Education Minister Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo said, “the goal of the University Games is to bring our students together, to re-enforce the spirit of national unity and enable them in their capacity as leaders of tomorrow to develop the spirit of solidarity, team work and tolerance and the spirit of winning each other in total happiness.”
Prof. Ndongo then called on the authorities of the University of Buea to ensure that team work and solidarity reign within their campus as a mark of the excellent organization of the 2012 games.
Prior to the closing ceremony, the last of sporting activity was the final of the male football competition, pitting the host, the University of Buea against the University of Douala. The soccer match ended 3-2 in favour of the University of Douala after post-match penalties.
The next edition of the Cameroon University Games shall be hosted by the University of Ngaoundere.
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