Athletes from at least seven countries have confirmed their participation at the Inaugural MoC Relays slated to hold at the Yaba College of Technology Sports Complex in Lagos, Nigeria, from Saturday 26th–Sunday 27th June 2021.

Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Benin, Egypt, Morocco and of course Nigeria  are the countries from which Athletes have confirmed their attendance and specifically Team Kenya has confirmed it’s men’s, women’s & mixed 4x400m teams to compete against Team Nigeria in the Relays.

The MoC Relays which has a specific focus on the Relays, Sprints, and other select Track & Field Events, is being organised to provide Nigerian & African Athletes seeking Olympic qualification in both their Individual Events and the Relays what may be the final opportunity to do so ahead of the June 29th deadline for Olympic qualification.

The MoC Relays will feature 24 Athletics Events in total as shown in the MoC Relays Event Schedule, including 18 Individual (10 Track & 8 Field) Events and 6 Relays – the 5 Olympic Relays (Men’s & Women’s 4x100m and Men’s, Women’s & Mixed 4x400m) and 1 Exhibition Relay (Mixed 2x2x400m). The individual Track Events include men’s & women’s 100m, 200m, 800m, 110m/100m Hurdles and 400m Hurdles, while the Field Events are the men’s and women’s Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.

The competition will follow Nigeria’s Olympic Trials at the same venue on 17th–20th June, which is also set to host a 5-nation Relay, and MoC has partnered with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, as well as the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) to ensure a seamless transition for Athletes from the Trials to the MoC Relays.

Interested Athletes must register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MoCRelays by Monday 21st  June, to be considered for invitation for their individual events, the standards for which are listed in the online registration (the full list of invited Athletes will be published by Tuesday 22nd June).

In addition, interested Teams (Countries, Clubs, States, etc) who wish to enter the Relays should send their Team Lists to [email protected] also by Monday 21st June. Each Team may consist of no more than 24 Athletes for the 5 Olympic Relay Events – 12 Sprinters (6 men & 6 women) for Men’s & Women’s 4x100m and 12 Quarter-Milers (6 men & 6 women) for Men’s, Women’s & Mixed 4x400m.

Any Athletes or Teams requiring one can download our Official Invitation Letter for the MoC Relays.

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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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