The sixth installment of the Olympic Value program for students facilitated by the Nigerian Olympics committee and the university games association started on the 29th of September 2021 at the Nile University Abuja.
The 2-day event has 5 universities in participation, Hosts Nile University of Abuja, Kanu State University of Science and Technology, Ibrahim Badamosi Babagida University, Lapai, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and the Federal University of Lafia
Programs facilitator Mr Lajide Emmanuel Aderoti “It has been a wonderful program, the impact we are beginning to see already, we have see reunions between students and even coaches” He noted that the aim of the Nigerian Olympics committee has chosen to focus on university students is to impact the core Olympic values in student athletes, which are Excellence, respect and Friendship, the IOC believes that these values are major contributing factor to humans excelling and progressing together, We believe that as young athletes, once these values have been inculcated naturally it is translated to other athletes and by extension to the society”.
In charge of Olympic education and federations at the NOC Mrs Kemi Obidahunsi encouraged the students-athletes to take to heart what they have been taught at the sessions and encouraged them to aim for the best they can achieve.
The students were placed in two teams to create a drama and songs based on the OVEP theme.
The NOC OVEP program in collaboration with the Nigerian University Games Association, has been zone in the various geo-political zones of Nigeria, the program has hosted by 4 other locations including Lagos (University of Lagos), Delta state (Delta state University Abraka) , Akwa Ibom (University of Uyo), Akure Ondo state with Abuja as a return host with University of Abuja as hosts in December 2020. So far 47 schools have taken part in the program.
The OVEP program which was designed by the International olympics committee to transfer the Olympic value system to the younger generation, The IOC believes that Sport can be a fantastic tool for outcomes such as peace, holistic education and social development. Recognizing the unique potential of sport as an educational and communication tool, the Olympic Values Education Programme (OVEP) is a practical set of learning resources designed to inspire and allow young people to experience life values such as excellence, respect and friendship. And the Nigeria Olympic Committee believes the Nigerian University sports system and its athletes are the best point of impact.
After the day’s engagements, the students joined in the NUGA international Day of University sports celebration at the basketball court in a playoff game by the host university’s Basketball team who are reigning champions of the Nigerian Total Basketball league.