About 106 universities are expected to participate in the forthcoming 26th edition of Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) games to be hosted by the University of Lagos in November 2019.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe disclosed this yesterday when he led a delegation of the University’s principal officers to the Lagos state office of Media Trust Limited.
“The first time we hosted NUGA games was in 1968, the second time was in 1978 and the third one in 1998. So we are hosting it 21years after the last one. Our desire is to have the best and memorable NUGA games ever,” he said.
The University had in November 2018 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with NUGA, which signaled the official commencement of preparations for the tournament.
According to him, the tournament seeks to expose athletes to international competitions.
“People like Owolabi came out from the 1978 competition. Also, in 1998, we had an assistant commissioner of Police, Chioma who came out of that competition. At the last Commonwealth Games, one of our students came third in the 100metres competition. Sport is also a unifying force irrespective of age, religion, status and ethnicity,” he stressed.
Commenting on the level of preparedness, Professor Ogundipe said, efforts are on to have an excellent tournament and ensure that the facilities meet international standard.
The contractor, according to him is about completing the swimming pool with the digital timing instrument, which will be used during the competition.