The Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association, NMA Lagos Zone, Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, says it will use sports to inspire, connect and foster healthier lifestyles within the medical community.
He made this disclosure in a statement on Wednesday in Lagos, noting that given the conditions of service in many medical circles across Nigeria, it was critical to create an avenue to foster healthier lifestyles and mental acuity using sports.
The chairman revealed that Lagos would host the Biannual NMA Doctors’ Games from February 19 to 24, at the University of Lagos Sports Complex and the Ikeja Golf Course.
Olowojebutu, who is the Head, Local Organising Committee, NMA National Games Eko 2024, said the event is not only meant to promote physical activity and healthy competition but also to foster unity and solidarity within the medical community.
He said no fewer than 1,000 doctors from seven regional zones would compete in diverse sports including football, basketball, volleyball, golf, athletics, chess, scrabble, table tennis, badminton, tennis, and draughts.
“After a highly competitive bid, we are thrilled to have been awarded the hosting rights, a firm acknowledgement of Lagos renowned vibrant energy and passion for sports.
“Lagos is ready to host the best games that the NMA has experienced in a long time providing best-in-class hospitality, state-of-the-art sporting facilities and a convivial environment that meets the set objectives of the Games founding fathers.
“This event provides an excellent showcase for doctors to come together, using sports as a tool to inspire, connect and strengthen bonds within the medical community,” he added.
Olowojebutu further said that the event would also feature musical and cultural displays, networking opportunities, talk shows and special ceremonies to honour all outstanding athletes and participants.