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Nigeria to Bid for 2018 Commonwealth Games: Official
    2008-08-18 09:17:01     Xinhua
Nigeria will not be deterred by its failure to win the hosting right of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, a Nigeria's ruling party official said Sunday.

The Federal Government will bid to host the 2018 Games, the Chairman of the People's Democratic Party Prince Vincent Ogbulafor was cited by local media as the saying.

Ogbulafor said hosting major international sports competitions like the Olympics, contributes to the development of the hosting nations.

"The gain of hosting major international games can not be quantified. The benefits are in chains. They include infrastructural development, trade and business opportunities," said Ogbulafor.

"Hosting the Olympics has opened the eyes of first time visitors to China. China's cities can be compared to any great city in the world, and from the comment of everybody here the Games are one of the best Olympics," Ogbulafor said in Beijing as he was interviewed by the News Agency of Nigeria.

He noted that the government had used the Games to provide additional infrastructure to its citizens, adding, "The Chinese government has provided additional infrastructure for the people, new roads, Games Village, hospitals and hotels were constructed."

China's environmental system had been improved upon. But after the Games and the departure of the visitors, it is the citizens who will benefit from the infrastructures.

"We had a similar experience in Abuja towards hosting of the 8th All Africa Games, roads were constructed, a Games Village was built and one of the best stadiums in Africa was built," he said.

"Nigerians are the ones benefiting from them now," Ogbulafor said.

"Sports is now used the world over to build nations. It has gone beyond mere recreation and entertainment. It is now used for international politics, promotion of international image of the nations and development of the economy," he said.

"Nigeria as a nation has the capacity and ability to bid and host the 2018 Commonwealth Games," he said.
 
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