Addis Ababa – Col. Maikano Abdullahi, the Secretary-General, Organisation of Military Sports in Africa (OSMA) on Wednesday said Nigeria would host the 2nd All Africa Military Games scheduled for next year.
Abdullahi in Addis Ababa said that President Goodluck Jonathan approved the hosting of the Games in Abuja, to be coordinated by the Ministry of Defence.
He said more than 31 countries had since communicated their participation to the secretariat.
According to him, the secretariat will make more efforts to sensitise more countries to attend the event.
Abdullahi said hosting of the Games would give the Nigerian military personnel the advantage of not only competing with their counterparts, but providing them with the opportunity of interacting with their colleagues across the continent.
He said while OSMA owned the Game, the host would take care of all logistic requirements throughout the competition.
Abdullahi who thanked Jonathan, the Ministry of Defence and the Defence Headquarters for securing the approval to host the Games, also called for their continued support to OSMA secretariat before, during and after the event.
He said OSMA, which was established 20 years ago, with its headquarters in Yaounde, Cameroon, had all 54 African countries as members.
Abdullahi said the aim of the organisation was to promote peace, stability and friendship among l African Armed Forces through sports.
He said the organisation ran five major events including All African Military Games, which was hosted by Kenya in 2004.
Other events are: Football Cup Finals, Boxing championship, Judo, Basketball and Cross Country.
“Trophies for these championships were donated by Presidents of Burkina Faso, Uganda, Algeria, Congo Brazzaville and Angola.
“These championships take place after every two years, except that of the military Games which takes place after every four years,’’ Abdullahi said.
Abdullahi said the current president of the organisation was from Algeria, the Vice-President from Mali, while the treasurer was from Cameroon.
Abdullahi was in Addis Ababa to attend the African Council of Sports meeting organised by the AU Commission. (NAN)