Race to ‘discover’ Olympians begins at Teslim Balogun stadium
• 750 athletes for Top Sprinter/Lagos Relays
All roads will lead to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos tomorrow for the Top Sprinter 2016/ Lagos Relays competition. The three-day event will span from September 29 to October 1.
While the Top Sprinter event is a baby of Making of Champions (MoC), the Lagos Relays is bankrolled by the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC).
Speaking ahead of the event, Chairman of the Commission, Deji Tinubu said they decided to partner with the Making of Champions (MoC), because what they are doing is credible and transparent. “These are the kind of things we want to be associated with. In the Lagos Sports Commission, we don’t claim to have monopoly of knowledge. As soon as this maiden edition ends on October 1, we will commence preparation for the 2017 edition immediately. Maybe, another Usain Bolt could be discovered in the competition.
“Most businesses are run on partnerships and collaborations, and that is one of the reasons we are in this partnership. When Mr. Akani came to us, we saw an opportunity to create an enabling environment for something that could potentially become one of the biggest events in Nigeria Sports,” Tinubu stated.
The Founder/CEO of Making Of Champions (MoU), Bambo Akani said that Top Sprinter was conceived after Nigeria failed to win a medal at London 2012 Olympics.
“Top Sprinter was conceived as a revolutionary talent search to find the best talent all over Nigeria and to win medals for the nation at upcoming Olympic Games. Last year we appeared in four different cities across the nation, screening over a thousand athletes.
Over 700 athletes from different parts of the country will take part in the three-day event. They include Olympians like Divine Oduduru and Orukpe Erayokan.
The event is being sponsored by ARCO Group, Lucozade and Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PSHAN).
Meanwhile, former Olympic medallist, Deji Aliu, a technical official of MoU, has assured that everything needed to make the competition hitch-free had been put in place.
Lagos State Sports Commission has offered total relay prize money of ₦800,000 for the senior men’s and women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay on Independence Day, which is the final day on competition.
The Lagos Relay champions in the senior category this year will get ₦100,000 to be shared by members of the team, while the second place teams goes home with ₦60,000, just as the 3rd placed teams will pocket ₦40,000.
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