1,500 athletes, 13 companies enlist for oil/gas industry games

Over 1,500 athletes representing 13 companies in the oil and gas sector will participate in the 19th Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games beginning in Abuja on April 21. The event ends on April 27.

Unveiling the Games at the Reiz Continental Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja, yesterday, chairman of the Main Organising Committee, Dr Ifenyinwa Mojo-eyes, listed the participating companies in the week-long fiesta as NNPC, Shell, Chevron, Total Energies, PTI, SEPLAT, NCDMB, NLNG, OANDO and NMDPRA. Others include ExxonMobil NUPRC and ARADEL.

“We have at least 1,500 athletes to compete in different events,” he said, adding that the 2024 edition will feature 13 sports, including athletics, golf, football, basketball, eight-ball pool, swimming, table tennis, tennis and chess. Others include volleyball, squash and badminton.

She called on Abuja residents to turn out en masse and have fun with their families during the games, assuring that there would be adequate security to ensure the safety of both athletes and spectators.

With the theme, ‘Empower wellness, ignite productivity,’ Dr Mojo-eyes emphasised the essence of the games. She said, apart from providing a platform for connectivity among industry players, the games engenders “a healthy workforce, which makes a healthy and more productive nation. Above all, it reduces medical bills and enhances productivity.”

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