Nigeria’s No.1 news station, Channels Television, has announced the launch of a new grassroots development programme tagged the “Channels Track and Field Classics”.

The Athletics competition is for boys and girls in secondary schools under the age of 17. Participants must be bonafide students of their schools and will be required to provide genuine proof of identification.

The two-day event will take place on the 11th and 12th of November, 2018 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. Action will start from 9am.

For the maiden edition, the tournament will be strictly invitational for schools in Lagos State where over a thousand students from the six educational districts in Lagos State will compete.

Participants will compete in the following events: 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay, 4 x400m relay, 400m Hurdles, 800m and Long Jump.

The major objective of the competition is to re-ignite the interest of Athletics in schools, discover and nurture talents for the country. The event, which is done in conjunction with the Lagos State Sports Commission, will monitor the talents after the tournament and also encourage them to also excel in education.

Channels Television grassroots development campaign started in 2009 with the Kids Cup, a football competition for U-13 boys in primary schools which is now an international tournament, with schools from Ghana and Benin Republic competing.

The Track and Field Classics will also feature an exhibition event involving visually impaired and amputee athletes.

 

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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