Athletes from Nigerian universities converge on FUTA
Akure Federal University of Technology (FUTA) hosted student-athletes from five Nigerian universities for the second edition of the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP).
The program was organized by the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) under the auspices of Olympic Solidarity.
Speaking on the motive for the initiative, NOC project manager Kemi Ogundaisi said the essence was to use sport as a tool to transform the character of young Nigerians.
She added that the idea was to work on participants’ attitudes towards discipline, self-respect and commitment to achieving excellence in human relations in general.
Held between September 26-29, participants were from Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti; Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA); Edo State University, Ekpoma; Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, and the host university, FUTA.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, FUTA Vice-Chancellor Joseph Fuwape, who was represented by School of Life Sciences Dean Oluyemisi Ashamo, said the program will provide participants with the ability to interact with each other.
He added that the initiative will help prepare young people for the future and ensure they are worthy of character and learning before they leave academia.
Sports Director Michael Ajibua also said that FUTA has become a key support for the country’s sport development by regularly hosting various competitions, including the Nigeria Athletics Federation (AFN), Olympic selection rounds and competitions. key qualifications for national and continental competitions.
He said the university’s participation in the Nigeria University Games (NUGA) has been impressive and worthy of being emulated. He advised participants to ensure that the essence and principle of OVEP instilled in them materializes once they return to their various destinations.
About the Nigerian Olympic Committee
Founded in 1951 and based in Lagos, Nigeria, the Nigeria Olympic Committee is responsible for training and funding Nigerian teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Commonwealth and African Games.
The NOC “also helps Nigerian Olympic and Paralympic athletes through their national governing bodies, providing them with financial support and working together to develop personalized, creative and impactful athlete support and coach education programs” .
According to the International Olympic Committee, which supports the general development of Olympic sports through its Olympic Solidarity, “the Olympic Values Education (OVIP) program is a practical set of learning resources designed to inspire and empower young people. to experience life values such as excellence. , respect and friendship.
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