The University of Zimbabwe is committed to promoting and developing sport and recreation among the students at the higher institution of learning, says Vice Chancellor, Professor Levy Nyagura.Professor Nyagura was speaking at an awards ceremony for students and administrators who excelled during the recent University Sports Association Games.
He said he is proud of the performance and achievements of the institutionâ€™s students in the sporting arena.
â€œWe expect to see you as active catalysts for change, not only in sport but in every area of the university life, making the university the leading institution in Zimbabwe and beyond,â€ he said.
Professor Nyagura urged students to be outstanding ambassadors of the institution and the country and to continue to excel in both academic and sporting disciplines, adding that as sports people the students have a role to play in influencing behaviour change among the student population.
Students including those with disabilities who excelled at the just-ended Chinghai Paralympic Games last month and the ZUSA Paralympic Games held at the Midlands State University from 14 and 15 of this month were among those honoured.
The students participated in athletics, football, wheelchair tennis, volleyball, rugby, karate and chess.
Six University of Zimbabwe students have qualified and been selected for the Zimbabwe Universitiesâ€™ team that is scheduled to compete at the 26th World University Games in China.
The games will take place in the Southern Chinese city of Shenzhen from the 12th to the 23rd of August, some 10 years after Beijing held the 21st event in 2001.
The World University Games are held every two years. An estimated 13 000 students from 180 countries will take part in the 11 day event.