The Nigeria University Games (NUGA) is a Biennial sporting festival where all Universities in the country are made to compete in-line with international sporting Regulations. The hosting of NUGA games rotate amongst Nigerian Universities. Zonal preliminaries are normally structured to take place before the NUGA games proper.
Federal University, Otuoke is billed to host the 2017 Preliminaries for Zone ‘D’ and the event is set to hold from the 1st of April to the 14th of April 2017.
A statement from the Acting Sports Director of Akwa Ibom State University, Mr. Nkereuwem Idiong, indicates that Akwa Ibom State University is preparing a contingent of twenty-four (24) athletes to contest for NUGA medals in eight (8) sporting events. The 2017 NUGA competitions will see athletes from the various Universities striving for medals in Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Chess, Football, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Scrabble, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwando, Tennis and Volleyball.
The Universities that make up Zone D in the NUGA preliminaries include Imo State University, Federal University of Technology – Owerri, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, University of Uyo, University of Calabar, Niger Delta University, Cross Rivers State University of Technology, Federal University Otuoke, Ignatius Ajairu University – Port Harcourt, as well as the prestigious Akwa Ibom State University
Other facts about NUGA
NUGA joined the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in 1970 and has continuously taken part in the World University Games and other activities of the Federation since then. Nigeria won her first medal (bronze) in 400 metres Men’s Low Hurdles men in the 1975 FISU Games held in Rome, Italy through Late Major Taiwo Ogunjobi who was then a student at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife .
NUGA hosted the 9th World University Chess Championship successfully in the year 2006 in Lagos. NUGA took part in the first two editions of the African Universities Games held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi Kenya in 1974 and 1978/79, respectively. After several years the FASU Games had become moribund, NUGA assisted in resuscitating the Federation in the year 2002 at Abuja and eventually hosted the 3rd edition of FASU Games at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa , Bauchi in May, 2004.