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The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has implored participants of the 27th Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games to exhibit professionalism and discipline at the event.

Speaking on behalf of the Asantehene who also doubles as the Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at the opening ceremony of the games, Nana Effah-Apenteng observed most of the youth do not appreciate the aim and relevance of sports.

“Many of our youth today have lost confidence in the power of sports to teach them life lessons such as discipline, obedience and patience and have turned sports into vandalism and hooligans. Sport is not war. It should rather unite us and up our discipline level,” he said.

KNUST is hosting 13 other universities at the Paa Joe stadium from November 4 to 19, 2022 for the GUSA Games.

Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Professor Rita Akosua Dickson encouraged public universities in Ghana to invest in sports infrastructure and talent development as part of efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3 by 2030.

“Sports is one of the most important as aspect of education. As a university, we are committed to ensuring that both students and staff attain health and well-being as part of our mandate to achieve SDG 3.

“Only 5 universities have since the start of the GUSA Games hosted it because the other universities don’t have the required infrastructure. It’s important all universities invest in sporting infrastructure,” she said.

She further proposed annual sporting activities for staff of public universities to promote their well being and life expectancies.

“I’ll like to encourage GUSA to put measures in place to facilitate staff wellness through sustained sporting activities with consequential investment of time and resources among all public universities. Perhaps, sporting events among staff could be held annually,” she added.

4,000 individuals will participate in twelve sporting disciplines including table tennis, beach volleyball, handball, goalball, netball, football, tennis, hockey, badminton, athletics at the GUSA games.

KNUST has beefed up security on campus for the safety of participants.

By Ibrahim Abubakar|AkomaFM|