After several weeks of planning, the annual Med-View/NUJ Media Games started yesterday with the official ceremonial match past and football at the Legacy Pitch inside the National Stadium in Lagos.
The annual event put together by Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists involves media practitioners in the state competing for honours for their respective organisations.
Speaking during the press conference to herald the Games at the auditorium of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Lagos Chapter, the Executive Director, Med-View Airline, Alhaji Naalah Isaq, said the management of the airline was pleased to sponsor the Games this year in spite of the economic recession in the country.
He said: “Our relationship with the Lagos Council of the NUJ is a cordial one and we intend to keep the relationship, hence our decision to sponsor the Games for the third year running.
“We’ve also resolved to continue with the sponsorship of the Games as long as the relationship keeps going,” he said.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the Lagos NUJ, Deji Elumoye, thanked the management of the airline for keeping the sponsorship going and promised that they will not regret the relationship.
The games which started yesterday is to end on Saturday at the same venue. Among the events the journalists are competing for honour include; athletics; table tennis; chess; draught; scrabble; ayo; tug-of-war, and football (five-a-side).
Already 16 media houses have been drawn into four groups with only two teams to progress into the knockout stage.
Defending champions, Lagos Information, The Nation; The Detective and Voice of Nigeria are in group A while The Sun; Vanguard’ The Champion and New Telegraph are in group B.
In group C are Lagos Television; Correspondents; New Nigeria and Business Plus while group D has Daar Communications; Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; Federal Information and The Source. All the indoor games started yesterday.