By the time registrations ended on Sunday midnight of September 25, over 800 athletes had successfully crossed the line to register in time for the Top Sprinter/Lagos Relays 2016 competition.

The excitement is already building up, and with just days left to the commencement of the competition, there is no doubt that athletes are eager to turn up in Lagos, going by the large number of entrants.

Sadly for athletes who didn’t register before the deadline, there won’t be an extension, as entries are now officially closed and the last batch of applications collated.

Those who were successful with their applications should not forget to come for their accreditation on Wednesday September 28th at the Teslim Balogun Stadium from 9am.

In case you have not seen the Top Sprinter schedule, you can find it here.

For those competing in any of the 100m and 400m heats, please note that you have to be at the stadium as early as 8am on Thursday September 29th and proceed to the call room as the events will start by 9am prompt. You stand a risk of missing your event if you are not at the stadium before your scheduled event.

There won’t be an African time.

Despite the fact that Making of Champions will not be providing any accommodation this year, please you can find a list of hotels close to Teslim Balogun stadium and the rates they can offer. All the hotels will offer discounts if the rooms are booked ahead of the event.

  1. Stadium hotel – 27/33 Iyun road Surulere: standard rate- N9,190.
  2. Benestar suites – 34 Tafawa Balewa Crescent off Adeniran Ogunsanya: standard rate – N13,000
  3. Kenneth Minimah Executive Hotel – Boxing Federation complex, National stadium: standard rate – N7200
  4. A1 Class Hotel – Plot 83, Owukori Crescent, Alaka Estate: standard rate -N10,800
  5. Lakeem suites – off Adeniran Ogunsanya street: standard rate N11,000

Also note that you can easily get discounted prices when you book online with some of the third party hotel booking agencies, it is way cheaper than booking directly with the hotels.

We look forward to having you all in Lagos, and we wish every athlete the best of luck.

Athletics coverage was a discovery, having to move away from regularly writing about Football. Although it was initially daunting, but now being an authority in it makes the past effort worthwhile. From travelling on the same international flight with Nigerian athletes, to knowing you could easily interview: World Record holder Tobi Amusan, then Ese Brume, I have cut my teeth in this beat earning the trust of Athletics sources. Formerly the Content Manager-Sports at Ringier media Nigeria, Chris is a Senior Sports writer, Photographer & Community manager at Making of Champions.


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