A FOURTH place finishing at the just concluded West Africa University Games (WAUG) notwithstanding, the University of Lagos (UNILA) has vowed to do better at next edition of the tourney.
Of the 14 events it competed in at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), the Akoka team garnered six gold, 12 silver and six bronze medals to come fourth among the 34 institutions that took part in the sporting fiesta.
According to the director of sports, Cecilia Arinye, the team won medals in all the events it featured in and also won the best-behaved athlete award. She said: “I think we did very well considering the challenges we faced before and during the championship because most of our athletes were having their examinations.
“It was the school management’s decision that some of them will be given the opportunity to sit for their examinations after the games. We only managed to take part in eight events and ensured that we won medals in all the events. We hope that in the next edition we will have full team to emerge as the top school at the Games.”
The former table tennis star further lauded the school’s management for its support to the team ahead of the championship, saying: “Such gesture will always bring out the best in the athletes in subsequent tournaments.”
UNILAG won gold medals in basketball (female), volleyball (male), 800 metres (female), 4×400 metres relay (female), squash (men’s single) and swimming (male). NUGA champion, the University of Port Harcourt, proved its worth when it swept medals in most of the events to emerge champion with 48 gold, 26 silver and 19 bronze medals.
The University of Benin was runner-up with nine gold, five silver and nine bronze medals, while Benson Idahosa University finished third with eight gold, seven silver and four bronze medals.