After several postponements occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic, the city of Abuja is finally set to host the OSOM Games from the 20th- 24th January 2021 with a record 15 events to be completed for by members of the Armed Forces and the paramilitary.
According to a statement by the Director of Grassroots Development of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Dr Ademola Are, “the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, has approved the staging of the OSOM GAMES in Abuja over a four day period with 15 events to be competed for. Events to be competed for include: Atheletics, Swimming, Taekwondo, Weightlifting, Tug of War, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Chess, Squash, Scrabble.
“Others are: Golf, Tennis, Shooting, Table Tennis, and Badminton”.
While beach volleyball will take place at the Jabi Lake, boxing will hold at Old Parade Ground, Area 10, chess at Media Centre, Package A, golf to tee off at TYB Inernaional Golf Resorts and Country Club, Shehu Yar Adua Barracks, Asokoro; scrabble players will have a field day at Abuja VIP Lounge, Package A.
The Shooting Range, Package B will come alive playing host to shooting. Squash Court, Package B host the squash event, swimming takes place at the Pool of Package B, table tennis takes place at Indoor Sports Hall, Package B.
Others are: taekwondo at Velodrome, Package A; tennis at Tennis Court, Package B; tug of war at the Training Pitch, Package A, With weightlifters trying their strength at the Gymnasium, Package B of the Moshood Abiola National stadium.
The statement further said the OSOM Games is organised to foster peace, unity and sports development among members of the Armed Forces and the paramilitary in the country.
It is also geared towards the discovery of hidden, established talents for future podium success for the country.
The event was earlier scheduled to hold late last year in Kaduna, but was postponed due to logistics reasons.