Over 1,000 athletes from 13 companies are competing in the 2018 Nigeria Oil and Gas Industry Games, which began on Sunday at the Chevron Recreation Centre, Gbagada, Lagos.
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee, Aminu Zaria, said that 11 sports would be featured at the week-long event expected to end on February 24.
The sports are football, squash, table tennis, scrabble, chess, snookers, swimming and golf. Others are basketball, 100m and 4x100m relays.
“The events will run simultaneously in four locations Chevron Gbagada, Ikoyi Club 1938, Lakowe Golf Club and the Teslim Balogun Stadium,” he said.
Zaria added that this year’s Games would witness an increase in the number of participating companies.
He said, “They are NNPC, Shell, Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Total, Erotone and NCDMB. Others are DPR, SEPLAT, NLNG, DPR, PTI and OVH.”
The 2018 NOGIG is the 17th in the series and has grown from a single-sport to a multi-sports event.
Vice-president of the Games’ Local Organising Committee, Alex Onumbu, said NOGIG provided a platform for interaction and connectivity among players in the industry.