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THE Zimbabwe University Sports Association are confident they will complete a hat-trick of victories and get the trophy for keeps at this year’s edition of the Zimbabwe Tertiary Institutions Sports Unions Games in Harare next week.

ZUSA president Liberty Maidza yesterday told The Herald that preparations were at an aanced stage for this year’s tertiary games to be hosted by Harare Polytechnic and Belvedere Teachers College from June 23-27.

The Games feature three groups of higher learning institutions, the Technical Education Sports Associations of Zimbabwe (TESAZ), the Zimbabwe Teachers Colleges Sports Association (ZITCOSA) and ZUSA.

More than 1 000 athletes, in 16 sports codes, take part in the Games.

The disciplines include athletics, basketball, chess, cricket, darts, football, golf, handball, hockey, karate, netball, rugby, pool, rugby sevens, table tennis and volleyball.

“We have since intensified our preparations and our hope this year is to continue with our dominance at the Games,” said Maidza.

Last year we missed out on team sports like men’s soccer, basketball and tennis but this year we are more determined.

“The only challenge that we are facing is that the university calendar is not synchronised and so it’s kind of difficult to have all the athletes to train together.

“As I speak some closed college in April, others in May and we also have another group at Great Zimbabwe University that is currently sitting for exams and will only finish this Friday.

“However, everything is under control.” ZUSA have dominated the tertiary Games in the last two years.

They won in Gweru last year after completing the four-day competition with a medal haul of 77 which included 26 gold, 27 silver and 24 bronze.

Maidza said they are using the Games to prepare for the International University Sports Federation Games in Gwangju, South Korea, from July 3-14.

ZUSA are sending a team of 32 athletes to the world university games.

The bulk of the athletes are coming from University of Zimbabwe while the others are from Midlands State University, Great Zimbabwe University, Africa University and National University of Science and Technology.

“This is the first time ever we are sending a team to the world university games. Our team will take part in athletics, golf, tennis and women volleyball.

“The volleyball team is already in camp at the University of Zimbabwe and preparations are on course,” said Maidza.

Source : The Herald