By Ben Efe
Athletes and officials participating in the 24th edition of the Nigeria Universities Games (NUGA) will be pampered with the state-of-art of the facilities in the event that will run from February 12-22 in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
The Games the flagship of sports competition amongst the nation’s universities suffered a series of set backs last year due to industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities. However, according to Obafemi Awolowo University spokesman, Abiodun Olarewaju, the NUGA games are good to go. He added that the OAU invested heavily in its sports complex with the aim of hosting a modern NUGA games and also offer athletes the chance to excel in their events.
“We have a culture of excellence which reflects in everything about Obafemi Awolowo University. We are ready to host the best games ever. The Myrtha Olympic-size swimming pool is the latest technology and has been duly certified by the International Swimming body (FINA).
The athletics tracks are also a pride to sports in Nigeria. We are looking forward to having the contingents and the athletes to come and have a feel of what we have.
The beauty of the whole thing is that all the facilities for the games are within the complex. We also have accommodation for the expected athletes and officials within the university community,” said Mr. Olarewaju.
He added that OAU with a track record in excellence was very proud that the facilities installed by Vast International Company, met the standards of international sports bodies, including IAAF and FINA.
Vast International Company boss, Mr. Obiora Okoye, said the facilities will put OAU on the map of universities with the best sports facilities not only in Nigeria, but also in West African sub-region.
“The Myrtha swimming pool is the most advanced technology in pools construction. Myrtha in partnership with FINA installed the swimming pools for all the major world championships, including the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2013 World Swimming Championships in Barcelona Spain. It is the same quality and FINA specification that we have in OAU.
“The track is the first IAAF to be certified in the whole of the South-west and one of the only four of such in the country. The others are the Abuja National Stadium, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium and the U.J.Esuene Stadium in Calabar. Except the Abuja stadium, the rest were constructed by Vast International Company. I think the facilities will be veritable reference for sports in the country,” Obiora stated.