by Badejo Oluwaseun
The Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) in conjunction with the Nigerian University Games (NUGA) will be organizing an Olympic Value Education Programme (OVEP) for Nigerian University Athletes.
With Sports becoming a global phenomenon in the last three decades, characterized by increasing rivalry among participating athletes and nations, the NOC deemed it fit to help in inculcating the Olympic Spirit in Nigerian athletes in the various universities which are a constituent of the International Olympics Committee (IOC). According to the NOC Secretary General, Olabanji Oladapo, “We have recognized the emerging danger amongst sportsmen across the world hence our decision to initiate the Olympic Value Education Programme (OVEP) to protect the sanctity in sports participation and effectively contribute to building a peaceful and better world. We need to keep educating youths on how to practice sport without discrimination of any kind, in the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play in line with the Olympic spirit”, the NOC scribe stressed.
The first edition to cater to schools in the South West will hold at the Lagos State University from 16th to 19th of March, 2020 while the South East and South-South Zones will hold its own at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka from 6th to 9th of April. Those around the Northern hemisphere will converge on Abuja between the 4th and 7th of April with six athletes from 10 universities from each of the six geo-political zones taking part in the programme.