The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) says the country is at risk of missing out on the upcoming 2023 World University Games due to a lack of funds.
In a statement by Chidiebere Ezeani, NUGA general sectary, the association appealed to the federal government and corporate organisations for financial support for the tournament scheduled to hold in Chengdu, China from July 28 to August 8.
Ezeani said 75 student-athletes selected for the competition will not take part if the financial issues are not resolved.
“The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) is deeply concerned to announce that Nigeria is on the verge of missing out on the prestigious World University Games. This unfortunate situation arises from a severe lack of funding, jeopardizing the participation of our talented student-athletes who have been selected to represent our nation,” the statement reads.
“NUGA, the governing body for university sports in Nigeria, has painstakingly chosen 75 exceptional student-athletes to compete across seven different sports at the World University Games.
“These athletes have dedicated themselves to rigorous training and have showcased exceptional skills and talent, making us immensely proud. However, their dreams of competing at this international event are at risk due to the scarcity of financial support.”
“We appeal to the government to come to our aid and support our athletes in 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, also known as the Universiade, is a multi-sport event that takes place every two years. It brings together student-athletes from around the world to compete for honours in a variety of sports.
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