The introduction of rugby 7s is one of several changes expected at the East Africa University Games (EAUG) due December 17-21.
“In order to fight mercenaries we have hut in place new measures like the introduction of team albums,” Local Organising Committee vice-president Vincent Kisenyi announced while receiving a Shs5m sponsorship package from Joint Medical Stores (JMS) in Nsambya yesterday. In all the past eight editions, rugby has been played in a 15s format and the introduction of the shorter code is expected to add more flavour to the Games due at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono.
According to Kisenyi, who is also the National University Sports Federation of Uganda (Nusfu) vice-president, 53 universities have already confirmed participation in the event.
Age limit for participants has also been raised from 27 to 29 years but sportsmen awaiting graduation won’t be allowed to compete as has previously been the case. Kisenyi revealed 60 per cent of the Shs1.2b Games budget has been catered for but appealed for more corporate support. The JMS package, includes drugs and medical equipment to cater for all participants.
Source: Daily Monitor