As part of efforts to strategize and have genuine sporting endeavours for students in Nigeria Universities, the Nigerian Boxing Federation (NBF) has promised to help the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA) establish the sports in Nigerian Universities ahead of the 2024 NUGA Games in Jos.
The NBF believes that the inclusion of boxing in the Nigerian University Games comes at a crucial time in the Nigerian ecosystem.
The Federation plans to have a training tour of Nigerian Universities for prospective athletes and coaches.
The unveiling of the partnership was announced yesterday at a press briefing in Abuja addressed by the President of NUGA, Mr Emeka Ogbu, the Vice President NBF, Azania Omo-Agege and the Technical Chairman NUGA, Prof Musa Garba Yakassai.
The NBF President thanked NUGA for facilitating what he believes is the right move for the growth of boxing in the country.
“We are excited about this project because the federation believes that this will help us find and groom future champions and bring back Olympic glory to Nigeria,” he said.
The NUGA President praised the collaboration with NBF as a worthwhile idea since it will allow students to focus their energy on boxing, combat anti-social behaviour, and provide female students with self-defence skills.
“Sports is also a team builder between campuses by building friendship and providing the platform for our students and society to give the students the opportunity to showcase their talent,” Ogbu said.
NUGA Technical Chairman, Prof Yakasai said they saw that many students were interested in boxing following a demonstration carried out at the last NUGA Games held in March this year at the University of Lagos.
He said boxing will feature as the 18th medal sport at the 2024 Games at the University of Jos, by joining other combatant sports like Taekwondo, Judo and Karate which are medal sports at NUGA.
Both parties called on the Sports Ministry, public and private sponsors to invest in this venture.
This article was originally published on Naija News