The fate of Nigerian representatives for this year’s World University Games has been left hanging due to lack of funding.
The governing body for University sports in the country Nigeria University Games Association (NUGA) has called on the government, corporate bodies and authorities to come to their aid to be able to attend the event scheduled to hold from 28th July to 8th August 2023 in Chengdu, China.
NUGA said in a statement that the 75 exceptional student athletes selected to compete across seven different sports at the games may have their hopes dashed if the situation persists.
Chidiebere Ezeani, the Acting General Secretary said: “We appeal to the government to come to our aid and support our athletes to the World University Games; we call upon the government, sports authorities, and corporate sponsors to recognize the immense value of investing in university athletes. They are the future of Nigerian sports, and their success will inspire generations to come.”
The World University Games is a platform that not only showcases sporting excellence but also fosters cultural exchange and global camaraderie among student athletes from around the world. It is an opportunity for Nigeria to demonstrate our sporting prowess, enhance our international reputation, and inspire future generations of athletes.
NUGA said that with timely assistance, the athletes can be empowered to represent the country with pride, resilience, and determination.
NUGA wants all stakeholders to recognize the crucial role university athletes play in shaping the future of Nigerian sports. By investing in their journey to Chengdu, we invest in the development of Nigerian sports and the inspiration of generations to come.