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Thursday, 19 September 2019

Sporting feast this weekend

SPORT FESTIVAL: Five tertiary institutions from across the Western Cape will compete in the final games of the Intervarsity Tournament. SPORT FESTIVAL: Five tertiary institutions from across the Western Cape will compete in the final games of the Intervarsity Tournament.

All roads lead to CPUT this weekend where five tertiary institutions from across the Western Cape will compete in the final games of the Intervarsity tournament.

Teams will battle it out in cricket, soccer, basketball, water polo, rowing, table tennis, badminton, fencing, tennis, netball, rugby and beach volleyball.  In addition, there are several other sporting codes that are purely recreational activities and contenders will not be battling it out for points, but for a breath of enjoyment. 

This rotational tournament dates back to 2016 at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). Other participants are University of Cape Town (Ikeys), Stellenbosch University (Maties) and Varsity College. Sports Development Officer Quinton Summers said they expected about 600 participants from these institutions. UWC were the inaugural winners in 2016 with UCT snatching the trophy in 2017.

Maties are the reigning champions as they triumphed last year at UCT.

“[General public] People should come and cheer on their favourite contenders and get to know a thing or two about one of the not so common sporting codes. There is no entry fee to this fun-filled spectacle,” Summers said. 

Themed, 'The Benefits of Play', the occasion is about showcasing students’ sporting talents across several sporting codes.  He said: “Come support and celebrate our youth. The purpose of these games is to allow students the opportunity to interact with students from other universities and to test their skills against quality opposition.”

Summers added that the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) known as the International University Sports Federation in English, with the support of UNESCO had declared 20th September as International University Sports Day. As such the Intervarsity tournament will also be used to celebrate this day, albeit belatedly. The institution with the highest points after all scores have been added shall be declared winners of the Intervarsity.

The trophy handover to the overall winner is on Saturday, 21 September, 5:30pm at the Bellville Campus Stadium.

Written by Aphiwe Boyce