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Oringa to use experience at university games

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By Darren Allan Kyeyune

Posted  Wednesday, December 18  2013 at  00:00

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Uganda Christian University will host the 2013 University Games as part of its centenary celebrations.

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Not many sportsmen manage to strike a balance between books and sport. And often, many tend to drop out of either.

But tennis ace David Oringa has often sacrificed evening training sessions to attend to his procurement studies at Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mukono.

That partial commitment since March, perhaps, could be blamed for the 20-year-old’s performance at this year’s regional tournaments. First, he lost 6-3 6-3 to Dieudonne Habiyambere in the semifinals enroute to failing to defend his Uganda Open title back in March. Rwandan Jean Claude Gasigwa eventually won.

At the Kenya Open where his counterpart Duncan Mugabe garnered a treble in June, Oringa lost to Gasigwa at the quarterfinal final stage. Gasigwa then beat Oringa in the Rwanda Money Circuit final in September.

But two years of stiff competition at the international level must have given him utmost confidence to claim top honours come the 15th edition of the Inter-University Games.

For the first time since 2007, UCU will host the Games from December 15-21.

Oringa, who completed his A’level studies at Kololo SS in 2011, is ready to face participants from 25 other institutions.

“I have learnt a lot in the past two years,” he told Daily Monitor in an interview. “The experience I have earned gives me a perfect foundation for my title credentials.”

Although the 2012 Uganda Open champion is hungry for success having endured a torrid year to the Rwandans, Ndejje University’s Stephen Komakech will be his main challenger in the singles.

Komakech won the East Africa University Games men’s singles in Nairobi in February.

“My focus is on taking the singles crown. I am yet to find a doubles partner,” he said. “My presence hasn’t been felt at all on the regional platform this year. So I would want to throw everything I can on the familiar UCU courts.” said Oringa, who has been warming up with the Friday Night Explosion tournament at Centre Court Lugogo, added.

dkyeyune@ug.nationmedia.com