By Friday Oloko
Over than 10,000 athletes are expected to participate in the 18th Nigeria Polytechnic Games Association has scheduled to take place at the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, from November 5 to 15.
Lagos State Polytechnic are the defending champions of the competition after topping the table in the 17th edition hosted by Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State.
The Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Bida, who is also President of NIPOGA 2014, Abdullahi Sule, told reporters during the N500m fundraising and unveiling of the mascot of the games that the institution was ready to break records.
Sule said, “NIPOGA is a bi-annual sporting fiesta that involves participants and contingents drawn from all Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria to converge at a host institution to compete and win laurels in a various games and athletics events.
“The essence of this game among very numerous gains is to give teeming youths in our tertiary institutions an avenue to cool off from lecture room activities and participate in sporting events. It is obvious that this event is a catching avenue for promising sports men and women for national teams.
“Also, NIPOGA is poised to capitalise on sports to take off the minds of our youths from activities detrimental to national development as well avenue for fostering unity among nations and nationalities. It is expected that Bida Polytechnic will host over 10,000 contingents at this year’s edition tagged NIPOGA BIDA 2014.”
He called on the Federal Government, Niger State Government, corporate organisations and individuals to come to the aid of the institution to host the games.
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