“Sport, a very powerful tool to achieve gender equality”

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The Chronicle

Innocent Kurira, sports journalist
FEMALE athletes were encouraged to believe in themselves if they want to achieve their goals.

The call was made by National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Vice-Chancellor Mqhele Dlodlo at the official opening of the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association Games yesterday.

Games hosted by Nust will run until Saturday.

“Sport is a very powerful tool to achieve gender equality. The Zusa games come as the world celebrates International Women’s Day. My message to all female athletes is to believe in yourself. The only person who can stop you from achieving your goal is you. Sport is a springboard. Use every opportunity that comes your way,” Dlodlo said.

Zusa has a very rich history. It was formed 23 years ago with the aim of enhancing the educational experience of university students through athletic competition for excellence and providing the best athletes with greater sporting opportunities.

“Sport, whether recreational, competitive or administrative, provides an important learning experience by promoting awareness of healthy living, fostering leadership and organizational skills, developing positive character traits and creating opportunities to excel. Sport teaches us good qualities like discipline, hard work, patience, respect, teamwork, among others. To all athletes, consider your participation a hands-on learning exercise,” Dlodlo said.

He also urged athletes to adhere to competition guidelines.

“Let me take this opportunity to remind athletes and officials that sports are viewed as well-structured physical activities guided by rules and regulations. So I call on all of you to do your best and strictly adhere to the rules and regulations governing the games,” Dlodlo said.

Students from 16 universities will compete in athletics, cricket, chess, hockey, golf, karate, rugby, tennis and table tennis.

Athletics, chess, karate and table tennis will be played at Nust facilities, while cricket will be played at Bulawayo Athletic Club, Busters Sports Club and MacDonald Cricket Club.

Rugby will be at Hartsfield, Hockey at Khumalo Hockey Stadium while Harry Allen Golf Club will host golf.

After the Zusa Games, all tertiary institutions will hold the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Students Union (Zitusu) Games in which a team will be selected to represent Zimbabwe at the World Universities Games.

Participating universities
Africa University, Bindura University of Science Education, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Catholic University in Zimbabwe, Gwanda State University, Great Zimbabwe University, Harare Institute of Technology, Lupane State University, Midlands State University, Manicaland University of Applied Sciences, Marondera University of Agricultural Science and Technology, Nust, Reformed Church University, Women’s University in Africa, University of Zimbabwe and Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University
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