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NUGA 2022: UNIPORT in early lead on medals table

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The defending champions of the Nigeria University Games (NUGA), University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), is already asserting its dominance in the ongoing NUGA games.

Already, the school is leading on the medals table as the games reach Day 4.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 26th edition of the games has 78 public and private universities competing for honours.

The Team UNIPORT has already won 14 gold, six silver and nine bronze medals to earn a haul of 29 medals mostly from individual sports such as Swimming and Judo.

The host, UNILAG, is second with 19 medals – six gold, seven silver and six bronze – while a surprise entrant into the top three, Nile University, Abuja is in third position with three gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt is fourth with three gold, and two silver, University of Ilorin with two gold and five silver is fifth, while Benson Idahosa University sits sixth with two gold, one silver and two bronze.

Others in the top 10 are Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in seventh place with two gold, one silver and two bronze and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife eight with one gold, five silver and five bronze.

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria occupies the ninth position with one gold, one silver and two bronze, while Federal University of Technology, Akure occupies the 10th position with one gold, one silver and one bronze.

On the success achieved so far at the games, the outgoing NUGA Secretary General, Bola Olorode, told NAN that there had been many improvements in the standard of the games.

“We now have more sports added to NUGA with many athletes doing well in their various categories.

“In terms of sports infrastructure, we are glad that many institutions are already improving on the existing ones by upgrading them to internationalisation standards.

“The competition we are seeing here is a testimony that Nigeria has a great future in sports if only we can sustain this and also improve on it,” he said.

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