The much-expected​ Sports​ University​ Idumuje Ugboko in Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta State is now ready to​ commence both​ sporting​ activities​ and academic​ work.

Founder​ of the​ university, Prince Ned NNwoko, disclosed​ this to journalists​ during​ a guided​ tour​ of facilities​ on the campus.​

Nwoko, who is the PDP Delta​ North​ senatorial​ candidate in the coming elections, emphasized​ that admission​ into the university​ would​ not be through​ JAMB but​ by natural​ talents​ in sporting events​ in addition​ to physical​ fitness of the ​student, adding​ that a 10-year-old child​ could​ be admitted​ provided that the​ child​ demonstrated​ his or her ability​ in any sporting​ events​ of choice​.

He said​ that the​ university​ was fully prepared to​ groom students​ in four areas of sports​, including Indoor sports, field events, track events, and special​ sports.

The politician affirmed that experts that would​handle​ the various​ departments​ were​ already​engaged.​

“Opportunity to focus​ on sports​ is here to make​ a difference,”​ he said, adding that the​ university​ had been structured​ to combine both academic​ and sports​ which​ makes​ it unique​ and different​ from​ the conventional​ universities.​ ​

In a related development, the Director of Sport, Delta State Polytechnic Ogwashi-Uku, Mrs Patsusan Omoware, has said sport is the one thing that can announce one to the world.

She made the remarks in a chat with newsmen in her office at Ogwashi-Uku.

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Omoware said the rector came and saw the school’s achievements in​ sport and deemed it fit to see how he could build on the present sport legacy in the institution by hosting Nigeria Polytechnics Games Association (NIPOGA) games come 2024.

She said hosting of NIPOGA​ games by the institution would enable it acquire facilities and equipment through the state government, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), non-governmental organizations (NGO), companies, philanthropists and good-spirited individuals.

The sport director said hosting 2024 NIPOGA games would bring glory to the school, remove the students from evil social menace, adding that the 2024 events would give room to discover talents in sports, nationally, internationally, home and abroad.

She described the rector, Professor Emmanuel Achuenu, as a great lover of sport, a builder that came​ to build the institution, saying that the rector has planned to use his wealth of knowledge to develop sport in the institution.

Omoware said the rector had gone extra miles of drawing the plan and layout of the ultra-modern gigantic sport village inside the polytechnic.

She said the sport village would have twin indoor sports hall, international standard swimming pool, basketball hall, volleyball hall, badminton hall, lawn tennis court, table tennis hall, scrabble hall, chess hall, taekwando hall, judo hall and hockey pitch.

Omoware said with all these facilities in place, the polytechnic would attract clubs and other agencies to play tournaments.