SA pip Zim in Cucsa medals haul

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ray­mond Jar­avaza Sports Cor­re­spon­dent

ZIMBABWE were pipped to first po­si­tion by South Africa by just two medals in the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Univer­sity and Col­lege Sports As­so­ci­a­tion (CUCSA) games that ended in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day.

The hosts amassed a gold medals tally of 14 just two short of the 16 that were won by over­all win­ners South Africa.

But Zimbabwe en­joyed an up­per hand over their south­ern neigh­bours in the com­bined medals tally scoop­ing a to­tal of 42 medals that in­clude sil­ver and bronze com­pared to South Africa’s 30.

Eight sport­ing codes ath­let­ics, bas­ket­ball, chess, ten­nis, foot­ball, net­ball, ta­ble ten­nis and vol­ley­ball were com­peted in at the games that are played by col­lege and univer­sity stu­dents from coun­tries across south­ern Africa.

The games were ini­tially sched­uled to run for 6 days hav­ing com­menced on Mon­day but were cut short by a day af­ter vis­it­ing mem­ber coun­tries re­quested the or­gan­is­ers to end the games yes­ter­day to al­low them to travel back to their re­spec­tive coun­tries be­fore the week­end.

The vis­it­ing coun­tries left Bu­l­awayo af­ter the of­fi­cial clos­ing cer­e­mony that was graced by Min­is­ter of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Lazarus Dokora at an of­fi­cial clos­ing cer­e­mony at the Zimbabwe In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair.

Min­is­ter Dokora urged CUCSA mem­ber coun­tries to em­u­late na­tions such as Cuba that have a ro­bust sport­ing sys­tem that con­trib­utes sig­nif­i­cantly to their economies.

“Coun­tries like Cuba have a ro­bust sport­ing sys­tem that is now a source of sig­nif­i­cant rev­enue gen­er­a­tion. In fact, sport is one of the re­sources that is sus­tain­ing their econ­omy, and I be­lieve we can em­u­late this sus­tain­able route to eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment.

“One of the key ben­e­fits of sport out­side the im­prove­ment of the per­for­mance of the ath­letes is its con­tri­bu­tion to­wards tourism. We are happy as Zimbabwe that we are also play­ing our role in pro­mot­ing na­tional and re­gional de­vel­op­ment by host­ing such games,” said Dokora.

Medals ta­ble Gold Sil­ver 16 7 14 15 12 13 1 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 Coun­try South Africa Zimbabwe Botswana Zam­bia Malawi Le­sotho An­gola Bronze 7 13 10 5 3 1 0

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