The University of Yaoundé I is among the 17 institutions taking part in the 2010 edition of the University Games, an annual sporting competition that regroups the 7 state universities and other public and private institutions of higher learning.
The games kicked off on April 17 at the campus of the University of Yaoundé II Soa with a football encounter, pitting the University of Yaoundé II (hosts) and the National Institute of Statistics.
Prior to the football match, there was a colourful match past of delegations of the various institutions constituting the athletes, coaches and fans clubs. One could easily recognise the famous pig that accompanies the University of Dschang fans club representing the identity of the people of that area, not forgetting the sheep of the University of Ngaoundéré clothed in a beautiful suit. This is just a tip of the ambiance that characterised the opening ceremony. The match past also exhibited a rich cultural display of the various regions of Cameroon through beautiful dances to entertain the crowd of over three thousand spectators found on the ceremonial ground.
The Minister of Higher Education gave the kick-off after his opening address in which he described the games as a major national sporting event which cultivates olympic values, where talents are discovered. The games, he added, promotes cultural dialogue in the socio-economic milieu of universities.
Amongst those present in the opening ceremony were the Minister of Sports and Physical Education, the Deputy Secretary General at the Presidency and Board Chairman of the University of Yaoundé II, administrative authorities, rectors and heads of universities and institutions.
JOSO FRIDA LYONGA