Rather than the initial two days announced for the upcoming inaugural MoC Relays, the competition has been condensed to a one-day event and will now take place on Sunday 27thJune only. The initial first day of the event, Saturday 26th June, will now be the final arrival date for Athletes.

With the recently announced Lagos State Open Athletics Championships set to feature Team Nigeria and other nation’s Relay Teams on Thursday 25th June, there was some concern that Saturday 26th might be too soon for the Athletes to compete again. Following discussions with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Making of Champions (MoC) has decided to condense the MoC Relays into a one-day event so that the Athletes will be well rested to chase Olympic qualifications.

Over 150 Athletes from 10 Countries across Africa (including Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Benin, Togo and Cameroon) have registered to compete at the MoC Relays, and all the Track & Field Events that were initially announced in the 2-day schedule will remain in the 1-day Schedule – the Relays (men’s & women’s 4x100m and mixed, men’s & women’s 4x400m), other Track Events (men’s & women’s 100m, 200m, 800m, 110/100m Hurdles & 400m Hurdles) and Field Events (men’s & women’s Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Shot Put).

The only difference with the new condensed schedule for Sunday 27th June is that the 100m, 200m and 4x100m will now all feature just one round each (Heats or Finals), rather than semifinals and finals initially spread across 2 days. Following the Lagos Open Champs on Thursday, Team Nigeria and other nations are invited to present teams in any of the 5 Olympic Relays where they are still chasing Olympic qualification.

Here is the Full List of 157 Athletes registered (as of Monday 21 June) for the MoC Relays as well as the Updated Full Schedule of Events. The inaugural MoC Relays will be the last opportunity for many Athletes across Africa to qualify for the Olympics – don’t miss it! The deadline for online registration has been extended to Friday 25th June, so Athletes who haven’t yet registered but meet the Entry Standards indicated in the online registration link may still do so, while the collection of competition bibs will take place the day before the event (Saturday 26th June).


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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