To commemorate Making of Champions’ (MoC) 5th Anniversary in June 2018, the company will hold its first ever MoC Grand Prix, which will take centre stage at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex in Lagos, on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th of June, with registration now open until Friday 8th of June!
The MoC Grand Prix will be the first competition for Senior/Elite Athletes in Nigeria since the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Golden League in Abuja in March, prior to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in April. The MoC Grand Prix will also be the first major competition in Lagos for Athletes in 2018!
There will be over ₦600,000 in Prize Money to be won across 21 Track & Field Events, including the men’s and women’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100/110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles on the Track. The Field events will include the men’s and women’s Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump as well as the men’s Shot Put and Javelin, and the women’s Hammer Throw! The women’s Shot put has now been added to the list of Gold events.
In a new innovation for Athletics Grand Prix competitions in Nigeria, the Track & Field Events at the 1st MoC Grand Prix have been classified into Gold, Silver and Bronze Events. The Top 3 finishers in the Gold Events will win ₦20,000, ₦15,000 and ₦10,000, with the podium placers in the Silver Events taking home ₦15,000, ₦10,000 and ₦5,000, and the Top 3 in Bronze Events leaving with ₦10,000, ₦6,000 and ₦4,000.
MoC Founder/CEO Bambo Akani stated that the Grand Prix event has been put together not only to celebrate the 5th year of Making of Champions in Nigeria, but also to provide a platform for athletes to compete and put up much needed qualifying times for international competitions coming up. He said:
“It’s been a tough year for Athletes in Nigeria, especially with the dearth of competitions since the Commonwealth Games, but we wanted to show our support to the AFN by hosting a competition to help keep Nigerian Athletes active ahead of the African Championships in Asaba.
“Of course Nigeria’s top Junior and Youth Athletes can also attend the Grand Prix in their final preparations for the World U20 Championships in Finland and the African Youth Games in Algeria, both in July. I spoke with the AFN President (Hon. Ibrahim Gusau) earlier this week and he expressed his support for the event and thanked us in our continuing efforts to support Nigerian Athletics.
“Hopefully, in future years we will be able to get the MoC Grand Prix into the AFN Calendar from the start of the year, as that would give us more time to plan, find sponsors and offer even more prize money than we are in this inaugural edition!”
Athletes interested in competing at the MoC Grand Prix must register for the two-day event by Friday 8th of June using this online registration link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MoCGrandPrix2018