The 18th edition of the Zimbabwe Universities Sports Association (ZUSA) games first cluster has kicked off in Bulawayo.

The competition is used to select teams for upcoming national and international  assignments.

12 universities are taking part in the games that are being used to come up with a team for the ZTISU games and the International Federation of University Sports set for Taipei, China from the 17th to the 30th of August.

With two more cluster competitions to be conducted, sport codes in this first edition include athletics, hockey, handball, cricket and volleyball being held at BCD, Milton High, Busters, Northlea, Khumalo Hockey and White City stadiums.

ZUSA president, Life Chemhere says their dream is to have at least 10% of athletes participating in elite competitions and in national teams.

The second cluster will comprise football, netball, basketball, rugby and swimming and will take place from March the 31st to April the 2nd at the University of Zimbabwe.

The final cluster featuring chess, karate, darts, table tennis and pool will be conducted at the Great Zimbabwe University from the 7th to the 9th of April.

Calls have been made for the enactment of a policy that allows students with lower academic points but who excel in sports to enroll at universities to pursue their sporting exploits.