NUGA

3 'sharp sharp' facts about NUGA you must know

No fewer than 74 Universities are expected to compete for honours at UNILAG 2022 in the next 12 days

Nigeria University Games,  NUGA.

The University of Lagos is a beehive of sporting moods and activities at the moment following the arrival of some of the Universities set to battle at the latest Nigeria University Games, NUGA, tagged UNILAG 2022.

With the athletes and their coaches expected to be on the ground and fully accredited on Thursday, what do you know about the University Games widely known as NUGA?

Here are 3 'sharp, sharp' facts to get you started for Pulse Sports Nigeria coverage.

The famous university located at Akoka, Lagos, University of Lagos, popularly known as UNILAG will host the 26th edition of the NUGA.

The first Games was held at the University of Ibadan in 1966, that is 56 years ago, with five (5) 'foundational' Universities - the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Lagos, Akoka and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in attendance.

The University of Port Harcourt is and remains the undisputed team to beat in the 26th NUGA.

Uniport has won the last six editions and will be looking to defend the title again after an unprecedented win in the 25th edition held in the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM).

The sports-loving UNIPORT emerged as the winners of the 25th Nigeria University Games (NUGA) with a ridiculous total of 150 medals.

UNIPORT won 70 gold, 47 silver, and 33 bronze medals in seven (7) sports - Judo, Athletics, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Basketball, Scrabble, and Tennis.

Of course, the Nigeria University Games has played a key role in developing some legendary sportsmen and women for Nigeria in different sports.

Some notable names include but are not limited to Super Eagles stars, Seyi Olofinjana (Football), Vincent Enyeama (Football), Bisi Afolabi (Athletics), and Olumide Oyedeji (Basketball).

Others are Chika Chukwumerije (Taekwondo) and Olusoji Fasuba (Athletics), who is the current African record holder in 100 metres (Men) with a time of 9.85 seconds.

There you have it, three (3) quick NUGA facts for you to know ahead of the 26th edition expected to be exciting and entertaining.

As a bonus, while just a few games were competed for during the foundational edition 56 years ago, there will be 17 different sports this time in Lagos.

Here are the sports - Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Cricket, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Scrabble, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball, and Karate.

The games will officially begin on Monday, March 21, with some of them slated to start on Saturday before the opening ceremony later that day.

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