Olympic Value Education Programme for university athletes begins in Lagos
The first edition of the Olympic Value Education Programme (OVEP) for Nigerian University Athletes for schools in the South West began at the Lagos State University on Tuesday. It will end today.
The programme, which is put together by the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) in conjunction with Nigerian University Games (NUGA), is aimed at educating young people through sports for better understanding of the Olympic spirit and friendship, thereby helping to build a better and more peaceful world, the NOC said in a statement yesterday.
NOC President, Habu Gumel in his remark said the body was highly delighted to be part of this unique event because the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been focusing on the promotion of Olympic Values through Olympic Education in both primary, secondary and tertiary schools.
Gumel congratulated NUGA, one of its partners and a member of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, for the collaboration and for what the training will birth in the subsequent NUGA games.
“This is because in recent time most of our national athletes emerged from Universities and it is on this premise that the Olympic Value Education Programme (OVEP) is being organized for Nigerian university athletes in order to help inculcate the Olympic Spirit in Nigerian athletes.”
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Lagos State University, Professor A.O.K Noah, while welcoming all participants to LASU, enjoined all athletes to always keep in view the three cardinals of the Olympic Values, which are “Friendship, Excellence and Respect”. “This will not only help you as a sportsman but will also transcend to the day to day life making you a disciplined and better person,” he said.
After the South West leg of OVEP, the South East and South-South Zones will hold theirs at the University of Nigeria (UNN), Nsukka from April 6 to 9, while the northern zone will converge on Abuja between April 4 and 7 with six athletes from 10 universities from each of the six geo-political zones taking part in the programme.
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