The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) has confirmed Edo as the host for the trials of the 2023 World University Games. 


According to a statement by the association on Monday, the trials would be held at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, from May 8 to 14.

The tryouts would feature athletes who performed exceptionally well at the 26th NUGA Games as well as new athletes who will compete for their spots on Team Nigeria at the global showcase.

The seven-day event would see student-athletes seek qualification in athletics, badminton, judo, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, and tennis.


Phillip Shaibu, deputy governor of Edo, said the state has the “best facilities” to host the tryouts and would ensure the athletes have the best experience.

“We have the best facilities in Nigeria, and we are happy to accommodate NUGA and university athletes. Edo State intends to lead sports development in Nigeria,” he said.

“We intend to go grassroots with our sports development, and this is a great opportunity for us to show our commitment.”


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.

The 2023 edition of the competition is scheduled to hold in Chengdu, China, from July 28 to August 8.

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