By Kaamil Adams
This article can also be found in the print Edition 2 of VARSITY Newspaper.
We seldom find sports other than rugby and cricket broadcasted live on television. USSA (University Sport South Africa) however wishes to change the status quo by promoting other university sports in South Africa.
Their vision and objectives have clearly portrayed the work done thus far. “USSA’s vision is to provide opportunities of excellence in student sport in order to participate and/or compete at all levels”. This statement made by USSA underlines their ethos.
USSA represents more than 42 sports, each electing a board of committee members for their respective sporting code. It is excellent to see the promotion and exposure of lesser known sports, participating on a competitive level. Sports such as chess, ballroom dancing and even pool, have been promoted by USSA since their formation in 1994.
“The Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA) and the South African Sport Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC), agreed that due to the unique nature of student sport universally, The University Sport South Africa should be administered independently.”
It is from this, that the International University Sports Federation (FISU) has proudly affiliated themselves with USSA. USSA’s affiliations with other national and international organisations has allowed them to improve and maintain a competitive standard in world sports, and this standard does not only relate to sports.
USSA emphasizes the greater objective and vision in saying: “promoting sporting values means encouraging fair-play, friendship and co-operation among students, who will one day occupy responsible key positions in education, politics, industry, economy and culture.”
It is evident that USSA has done much for sports in South Africa by promoting the sports that, in today’s society, have been looked down upon. Other than that, their core values are strict with regards to moral education and the overall development of South African university students who will fly our flag high one day.