Two University of Ghana Student athletes have been selected to be part of Team Ghana for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Games in Napoli, Italy. The Games is scheduled from 1st to 16th July, 2019.
UG Athletes Earn FISU Spot
Benjamin Kwaku Azameti, 2019 mini Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games 100meters champion and Etiam Kwaku Torgbenu will join other ten (10) student athletes from University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Education, Winneba (UEW) and University for Development (UDS), Tamale to represent Ghana at the Games.
Azameti will compete in 100metres and 4x100meteres while Etiam will compete in the 400meteres and 4x400meteres.
All the athletes representing Ghana were selected based on the time made at the mini GUSA Games in UCC in January this year.
What is FISU?
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) was founded in 1949. It serves as the main driver in expanding the role and reach of university sports globally. It continues to provide opportunities and inspiration to students around the world to play their favourite sport. FISU organises world-class sports and educational events for university students, which promote the pursuit of excellence. This is in line with the federation’s motto “Today’s Star, tomorrow’s leaders’.”
Impact on UG
This platform will give Azameti (currently the fastest athlete based in Ghana with a time of 10.50seconds) and Etiam the exposure and experience in their learning and training curve as athletes.  It also means these athletes will be in good form and shape ahead of a busy schedule in the 2019/2020 academic year as UG prepares to host the GUSA Games in January 2020.
The Athletics Coach at UG in charge of Sprint, Mr. Elorm Amenakpor lauded the exploits of his athletes for the great improvement within the last 12 months. Mr. Amenakpor is optimistic of the team representing Ghana well at the Games.
Camping and Contingent
The team pitched its camp on UG campus on 19th June, 2019 to use the tartan tracks of the UG Stadium as they prepare for the Games.
The General Sports Secretary of UG, Ms. Jennifer Tuttor will be the student leader travelling with the team. Mr. Tahiru Amuda Yusif, Chief Coach at the Sports Directorate will also be part of the Technical Team for Team Ghana. In all two (2) GUSA Officials, four (4) Coaches, two (2) Registrars, two (2) Officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and two (2) Media Personnel will accompany the athletes.
Team Ghana departs Accra for Napoli on 1st July, 2019.