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Gateway Games Ogun 2024 opens gates to innovation with digitalisation

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It will be a first of its type as the Games of the 22nd edition of the National Sports Festival gets its own apps aiming to revolutionise the overall experience of what will easily pass as the best edition ever.

Never before in the past 50 years had a mobile application been developed for the National Sports Festival.

But the 2024 edition, codenamed “Gateway Games” is opening new gates for innovation.

It is at the verge of a revolution that will give the attendees, the athletes, organisers  and sponsors a new experience by the leverage of a state-of-the-art technology .

A mobile app is being develop that will take the Gateway Games beyond the confines of Nigeria, giving the global audience a real-time experience on their mobile phones and computers.

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According to Abiola Odetola,  who is working on the digitalizing the Gateway Games, two companies, VerveTree  Global Resources and Karpos Creation Limited are working on the development of the cutting-edge app.

While making a presentation to the Local Organising Committee at a retreat at the sumptuous facilities of Beyond Limits Football Academy in Ikenne, Odetola remarked that he gained inspirations from experiences at the Qatar 2022 World Cup and organisers’ preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

He disclosed that spectators and fans will enjoy real-time access to event schedules, live streaming and athletes’ profiles.

“This will foster deeper connection of the people with the sports they love”, remarked Odetola. The package will feature personalised schedules for the athletes and teams.

The organisers and volunteers will also benefit from the robust event management tools, ensuring efficient coordination and a seamless execution of the festival.

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It will also be a haven for sponsors and partners of the National Sports Festival as they will gain unparalleled brand visibility through strategic integrations and promotional opportunities.

The app will also serve as event management tool for volunteers registration as well as for logistics and coordination.

It will give access to real-time data on attendance, ticket sales and venue capacities.

Apart from being a social media integration tool, the app developers also disclosed that it will be an efficient communication channels for coordinating with volunteers, staff and stakeholders.

It will enable spectators and fans, especially those outside Ogun State to browse and book accommodation listed by the hospitality partners.

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It also becomes useful for emergency communication, especially the ones that require rapid response and security issues.

 

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.