The Nigerian University Games Association (NUGA) and the Nigeria Boxing Federation (NBF) have announced a collaboration which will see the continued involvement of boxing as one of the sports in the NUGA games.
Emeka Ogbu, the president of NUGA expressed his delight over the much-awaited partnership at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja.
“Today, we are unveiling to the world the much needed and awaited partnership between NUGA and the NBF. Moves were made in the past but unfortunately, it did not happen.
“It is important to catch them young, many of them have excess energy and boxing is a good place to channel it. It was part of the last NUGA games and there were many enthusiastic participants,” he said.
He also highlighted the importance of boxing in combating the increasing cases of rape within the society.
“We are at a time were social vices are on the rise and that includes rape in campuses. Boxing will provide students with self-defense skills to protect themselves,” he added.
The Technical chairman of NUGA, Prof. Muhammad Yakasai urged the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to take a keen interest and provide a platform for participants of NUGA games into Major sporting events as it will lead to the discovery of more talents and medals.
The NUGA games are held every two years. The next edition will be held in Jos and will be hosted by the University of Jos. It will be the 27th edition.