After just two days of registration, 250 Athletes have signalled their intention to storm Lagos for the inaugural AFN/MoC Invitational set to hold on Saturday May 22nd at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. This number includes Athletes from several African countries including Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

The majority of Athletes obviously are from Nigeria and entries continue to pour in from all over the nation ahead of the Friday 14th May registration deadline. In addition to the 150 Athletes who registered in the initial 24 hours of announcing the event, other top Nigerian Athletes who have registered include the Beijing 2008 Olympic Silver Medallist Agnes Osazuwa who is currently on the comeback trail after having a baby – the 100m at the BetKing/3rd MoC Grand Prix in March was her first race in over 3 years!

Others are Blessing Ogundiran, Praise Ofoku, Olayinka Olajide, Moyosore Badejo, Nicholas Fakorede, Efe-Sam Agalive, Gafaru Audu and Gracious Ushie in the men and women’s 100m/200m, while Afeez Abdulrahman, Chidera Johnson, Bamidele Ajayi, Blessing Ovwighoadjebre and MoC’s duo of Blessing Oladoye and Mercy Umoibang have registered for the men and women’s 400m.

In the Hurdles events, Abejoye Oyeniyi, Martins Oghierakhi and Samuel Osadolor have registered for the men’s 110m Hurdles, Ese Awusa, Adaeze Nwokike and Comfort Ekanem in the women’s 100m Hurdles and/or 400m Hurdles, with Prior Ochonogor and Gbenga Bakre in the men’s 400m Hurdles.

In the Field Events, David Aya will feature in the men’s High Jump, Ruth Agadama in the women’s Long Jump (and 100m), Zola Nzube in the men’s Triple Jump and Utitofon James in the women’s Discus.

The AFN/MoC Invitational will be based strictly on invitation, to athletes who have met the Entry Standards in the 12 Track and 4 Field events to be featured – The Men’s & Women’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100/110m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles on the Track, while the Field events are Women’s Long Jump, Men’s Triple Jump, Men’s High Jump and Women’s Discus Throw:

Registration for the AFN/MoC Invitational is ongoing and Qualified Athletes may register online here before the Friday 14th May Registration deadline:

Athletes across Nigeria and Africa who meet the standards are welcome to register. Athletes may register for up to 3 Events that they have previously achieved the entry standard for, but must ensure that they fill in their Personal Bests (PBs) and Season’s Best (SBs) for each of those events when registering online (as well as the link to their World Athletics profile) to be considered for the startlists for each of those events.

Yemi Galadima 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, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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