At least 790 kids from over 60 schools are expected to compete at the 1st edition of the Abuja City Kids and Youth Athletics Classics scheduled to hold at the Abuja National Stadium from June 19 to 21.
The three-day event, which is the first of its kind, is being organised by ‘Kids and Play After School Sports Initiative’, a programme designed to create an increased awareness of the benefits of sports as an extracurricular activity in kids and youths.
According to the organisers, the ages of the competitors range from 9 to 17 years. Some of the events to be competed in include the Sprints, Long Distance races, Long Jump, High Jump, and the Relays, and participants will be awarded with certificates for their efforts. There is also going to be Invitational Masters races for men and women.
The competition, which will receive major media publicity, with over 3000 spectators including parents, relations, friends and visitors in attendance, is expected to serve as an avenue to discover elite athletes who can eventually represent Nigeria at international competitions in the near future.
The organisers are also calling on sponsors to take advantage of this opportunity in a bid to promote new public and private sector investments in Abuja, as the competition will provide a platform for their products or service to be widely showcased during the event, while promoting kid/youth athletics in Nigeria.