With just 4 weeks left until the 3rd MoC Grand Prix on 2-3 April in Lagos, the Event is beginning to take an International dimension, as over 500 Athletes from across Africa have registered for the Event, which has fast become the largest annual Athletics Competition in Nigeria aside the National Trials.

Indeed, National Team Athletes from Nigeria, Kenya, Sierra Leone, Cameroon, Togo & Benin Republic have signaled their intention to storm Lagos for the Grand Prix, with qualification for the Tokyo Olympics up for grabs!

Team Nigeria Athletes who will be attending the 3rd MoC Grand Prix include Commonwealth Games Medallist and multiple African & National Champion Patience Okon-George, African Games Medallists Kemi Francis & Emmanuel Arowolo, and African Championships Medallist Samuel Kure.

As the competition for places on Nigeria’s Olympic Team heats up, they will be joined by other top Team Nigeria Athletes at the Event, such as Commonwealth Games Medallist & National 100m Champion Joy Udo-Gabriel, African Games Medallist & National 400m Champion Emmanuel Ojeli, National 200m Silver Medallist Jerry Jakpa, and National 100m Silver Medallist Grace Nwokocha.

Other Team Nigeria Athletes who have registered and will grace the Grand Prix include Commonwealth Games finalist Enoch Adegoke, African Championships medallist Orukpe Erayokan, African Championships finalist Mike Edwards, African Games medallist Samson Nathaniel and another fast-rising quartermiler Sikiru Adeyemi.

Reacting to the number of entries received thus far, MoC Founder/CEO said, “We’re excited about the response from Athletes nationwide and abroad for the 3rd MoC Grand Prix. The first edition in 2018 had 400 Athletes and the second in 2019 had 500 Athletes. With two weeks of registration still left, we have already hit the numbers from the last edition, but these are different times due to the pandemic so we will be publishing a final invite list that ensures we can strictly adhere to coronavirus safety protocol – Athletes vying to qualify for the Olympics, World U20 and African Championships will be prioritised on the final list of invitees.”

28 Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Events for 3rd MoC Grand Prix:

Sprints – 100m, 200m, 400m

Hurdles – 100/110m Hurdles, 400m Hurdles

Middle Distances – 800m, 1500m

Jumps – Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump

Throws – Shot put, Discus, Javelin, Hammer

The registration deadline remains Friday 19th of March – do note that no further entries will be permitted after this final deadline. Athletes yet to register can still do so via the registration link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3rdMoCGrandPrix

However, the event is by invitation only and the final list of invited Athletes will be published a week before the event (by Friday 26th March). All Athletes registering from outside Nigeria however will be contacted for further information immediately MoC receives their registration for the event.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor 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 African Athletics Championships, African Games and IAAF World Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.

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