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CUIB backs out of All-Varsity games as games kick off in Bamenda today

The Catholic university Institute of Buea (CUIB) will not be participating in the 2017 all university games in Bamenda. The higher institution of learning pulled out of the games barely hours to the official launching of the highly awaited sporting jamboree. The institution has not put forth any official reason(s) for their withdrawal, and the games kick of today amidst speculations that the recent socio-political crisis in the North West and South West Regions of the country will warrant its cancellation this year.

More than 4,515 participants including 3,246 athletes, members of the Fan’s Clubs, 725 coaches and technical officials and heads of delegations, drawn from 18 public and private academic institutions (excluding CUIB), are expected to take part in the competition in the campus of Bambili.

This 20th edition of the all University games holding under the theme “University Games 2017: twenty years of talent for national development, peace, unity and the emergence of Cameroon, will be officially launched by the ministry of higher education Jacques Fame Ndongo in the presence of Sports and physical Education minister ‘Pierre Ismaël Bidoung Mkpatt, Rigobert Song Bahanag, former captain of the indomitable Lions and Sarah Etonge, “Queen of the mountain” as special event guests.

For the next three weeks, athletes compete in order to grasp medals in seven different sporting disciplines, such as football, handball, volleyball, lawn and table tennis, and more. Besides the athletes on the different pitches who vigorously compete for medals, the different fan clubs are also on the side competing for a medal and cash prize and at the end of the games, the best fan club takes home the sum of about 500,000 FCFA($833).
he University Games of Cameroon is a yearly event that comes up around the months of April and May and is held rotatory on the campuses of the republic’s eight state-owned universities.

Since its inception in 1997, the all-university games of Cameroon have been a breathing ground for the detection and selection of athletes who eventually bring fame and honor to the republic.

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