The 13th edition of the West Africa University Games (WAUG) to be hosted by the University of Ilorin will now hold between January 11 and 22, 2012 and not September 30- October 10, 2011 as planned.
About 60 Nigerian universities will participate in the games while over 5,000 athletes from 88 universities from the West African will be competing for laurels in 15 events at the games.It was learnt that, the change was the outcome of a meeting held by the Executive Committee of WAUG with the authorities of the University Ilorin recently.
WAUG decided to shift the date in order to avoid clashes with examinations of many participating universities during the period in order to ensure the overall success of the Games.
Sources close to the host university, UNILORIN told sportswriters in Ilorin on Tuesday that, based on the new time table, the arrival date is now Wednesday, January 11; the opening ceremony comes up on Saturday, January 14; the closing ceremony holds on Saturday, January, 21 while the departure is the day after (i.e. Sunday, January 22, 2012).
A statement issued by UNILORIN and made available to newsmen in Ilorin on Tuesday, confirmed that, the development was based on the outcome of the meeting between the authorities of the University and the WAUG Executive Committee where they jointly agreed that the change was necessary and no effort should be spared to ensure that the Games will mark an unforgettable experience for all the stakeholders.
The statement, which was signed by the institution’s Director of Information and Protocol, Dr. Marfouz Adedimeji, said that WAUG committee emphasised the presence of seasoned sports scholars, technocrats and administrators in the University of Ilorin and gives all assurance that the event will be successful.

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