NUGA Games: UNILAG2022 is here and we can’t wait for all the highlights.
The Nigerian university games association(NUGA) holds a nationwide inter-university sports event called the Nigerian university games. consequently, athletes in Nigerian universities compete as teams or individuals in various sports including football, athletics tennis, badminton, basketball, swimming, taekwondo, chess, scrabble, and others.
History of NUGA
The University of Ibadan hosted the first Nigerian university games, held in 1996. However, only 5 universities participated in very few sports at the time. The University of Port-Harcourt was the overall winner of the last edition. The Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi was the host and it was held in 2017.
NUGA Games: UNILAG2022
This year, the University of Lagos is hosting the games which will run from March 16 to 27.
originally, the games were to hold in 2020. However, due to COVID-19, they were moved.
The games officially kick off today, March 19, with an opening ceremony at the UNILAG sports complex by 4 pm. After the ceremony, the core sports competitions will begin immediately.
About 6,000 athletes from 75 Nigerian universities will participate in this year’s games. This includes the host university, the University of Lagos and the University of Port-Harcourt, the defending champion, which has a track record of consecutive wins in the past years. Likewise, Other participating schools include Obafemi Awolowo University, federal university of technology Owerri, niger delta university, university of Benin, federal university Otueke, Abia state university, Imo state university, university of Ilorin, University of Ibadan, University of Nigeria Nsukka, University of Calabar, Nile university, university of Uyo, delta state university, Afe Babalola University and other prestigious universities.
See a full list of all 75 participating universities here
Furthermore, The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control(NCDC) has stipulated covid 19 protocols to govern the games. Consequently, all athletes are to be tested, vaccinated and observe all covid 19 protocols.