Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) is preparing to host the 2023 West African Universities Games (WAUG), which will be the 15th edition of the competition and is scheduled to commence on December 16.
The announcement was made by the institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Abiodun Olanrewaju. The 2023 WAUG will bring together sports contingents from universities in the West African sub-region to compete in various sports, including tennis, table tennis, basketball, athletics, and more. The opening and closing ceremonies of the games will be graced by the special guest of honor, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo.
The closing ceremony is set for December 22. WAUG, also known as the ECOWAS Students Games, is a multi-sport event that features student-athletes from West African universities.
The first edition of this competition took place in 1965 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university. Since 1989, it has been held every four to six years. While OAU, formerly known as the University of Ife, hosted the games only once, specifically the sixth edition in 1975, it will become the first Nigerian university to host the event more than once, with the 15th edition taking place on its campus in December.
Other Nigerian universities that have previously hosted the games include the University of Ibadan (1965, first edition), University of Lagos (1971, fourth edition), University of Benin (1995, ninth edition), University of Ilorin (2012, 13th edition), and the University of Port Harcourt (2018, 14th edition).
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