A coach and two athletes on Wednesday in Lagos expressed joy at the new dates for the 24th Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA).
The event will now hold from February 12 to 22 .
It suffered several postponements last year due to the protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The competition will still hold at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Games’ preliminaries were completed in May and June, 2013, leaving players, officials and other stakeholders waiting for long for the tournament’s commencement.
Coach Emma Nwaokolo of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) said that the announcement of the new dates gladdened his heart.
“The waiting game has finally come to an end. It was discouraging for athletes who have undergone preliminaries for an event to wait endlessly without displaying their skills.
Coaches want to see their student-athletes on stage doing what they have been taught; such a scene makes coaches happy and justifies their calling,” Nwaokolo said.
Tobi Bankole, a table tennis player from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, said that he was relieved to hear that the competition would soon start.
“I have been praying that the event takes place because my plan is to use it to project myself to stardom,” Bankole, who qualified for the event, said.
Another qualified table tennis player, Aremu Gbolahan from the University of Ibadan, said that the announcement of the dates encouraged him.