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Dare challenges 2022 NUGA LOC on ‘new beginning’

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has tasked the Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) local organizing committee on staging games that will signal a ‘new beginning’ in the 57-year history of the Association.

He made this known during the lighting of the games torch event which held at the University of Lagos on Friday where he pledged the support of his Ministry to the Games.

He further expressed his expectation that talents produced at the event will be integrated into the national sports federations so they can be further developed into elite athletes who will represent the country in international competitions.

“I was barely five days in office as the Sports Minister when I met the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Oluwatoyin Ogundipe and I challenged him to host the NUGA Games so we could use it to turn around the games and to launch an aggressive youth and sports development plan for our universities and the country as a whole. He has delivered on his part and I must tell you that the Ministry will do its part too.

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“As a Ministry, we will ensure that our sports federations also get involved in the games to identify talents that will be fed into the system so they can be the next generation of talents in our national teams,” he said.

Meanwhile, over 136 Nigerian universities will next year converge at the University of Lagos to participate in the 26th edition of the Games.

No fewer than 10,000 students are expected to participate in 17 sporting events which include football, boxing, swimming, karate, volley, basketball and handball, among others between March 16 and 26, 2022.

UNILAG had hosted the event thrice, first in 1968, second in 1978 and third some10 years after with the university coming first in 1988 and 1998.

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