30th March, 2012
The ongoing West African Universities Games, WAUG, could produce athletes for Nigeria in the future.
With over 2,000 athletes expected at the 13th edition of the championship, upcoming athletes from Nigeria could make names for themselves.
The Games, which began on 27 March and is expected to end on 7 April, has about 80 universities from 14 West African countries in attendance.
Although, the competition will feature 14 sporting events which include basketball, badminton, chess, judo, handball, football, swimming, squash, tennis, table tennis, volleyball, hockey, cricket and athletics is expected to be the toast of them all.
University of Ilorin, Kwara State, which is the host, budgeted about N1.2bn for the event. Over N500m has so far been spent on infrastructure. WAUG President, Prof. Lasun Eniola, said modern facilities have been installed for the competition.
He added that the issue of security, accommodation and transport has been taken care of.
“We have enough resources on ground that will cater for all the participants,” he said.
The university has embarked on a break to allow for a hitch-free organisation of the games. An online registration format for athletes has been adopted in order to check the incidence of mercenary athletes.