UNIZIK sends 80-member contingent to NUGA Games

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Awka – The authorities of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka on Monday said that an 80-member contingent would represent the institution at the 24th Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) Games.

The Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife will host the 10-day Games beginning on Feb. 12.

The Games, earlier scheduled for Oct. 12 to Oct. 22, 2013, were postponed indefinitely due to the six-month strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.

The university’s Director of Sports, Peter Makasi,  in Awka, said that the contingent would comprise 70 athletes and 10 officials.

Makasi said that the athletes would participate in 10 events at the Games and listed them as athletics, badminton, tennis, table tennis, football, volleyball, handball, judo, taekwondo and swimming.

He said the athletes had been prepared well to improve on their performance at the previous Games at the University of Benin, Benin City, where they won only a medal.

He disclosed that the athletes had been in open camp since the university re-opened after the strike by ASUU on Dec. 17, 2013.

The director added that the athletes and their handlers would move into closed camping for one week before departing to Ile-Ife for the competition on Feb. 12

He commended the institution’s management for encouraging the team and expressed optimism that the athletes would return with more laurels from the Games than in the previous outing. (NAN)

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