Cursory: Talented Nigerian swimmer, Deborah Nwabuogor qualified for the World Universities Games with a gold but faces the possibility of missing the event due to a lack of sponsorship. Deborah is seeking public support to fulfill her dream of representing Nigeria in the global sporting event.
A Nigerian student has earned a spot in the World Universities Games but may be unable to participate in the global sporting event due to a lack of sponsorship. The student in question is Okpochini Deborah Nwabuogor, a highly skilled athlete and a current student at the University of Port Harcourt.
Deborah’s expertise lies in swimming, and she displayed exceptional performance during the National Universities Games (NUGA), where she secured a coveted gold medal. The news about Deborah’s qualification for the World Universities Games was reported to Legit.ng by Ukwuani Trumpet.
“During the last National University Games (NUGA) 2022, as a representative of UNIPORT, she came out first, a gold medalist in the 100m freestyle — 59:90. Her remarkable outing in NUGA earned her qualification as the only Nigerian female athlete to compete in the World University Games slated to kick off on the 25th of July 2023 in China.
“Deborah has obtained her international passport, but the University of Port Harcourt has said they won’t be able to sponsor her.
“Bad News: She has just been informed by her school, Uniport, that they won’t be able to sponsor her trip to China, having obtained an international passport. She is eager to participate in the competition and she will need about 3.5m sponsorship for participation fees, feeding, and accommodations.”
On her part, Deborah said if she is opportune to travel to China where the event is holding, she is optimistic about making it to the Olympics.
Her words: “I’m the only female that qualifies for the game (World University Games) and if I’m opportune to go, I will qualify for the Olympics next year.”
She is reaching out to the public for assistance in raising the necessary funds to cover her travel expenses and participate in the World University Games (WUG). Legit.ng contacted UNIPORT for a comment on this matter, but as of the time of publication, they have not responded.
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