Talent hunt: Over 3000 athletes storm Asaba for athletics championship 

Over 3000 athletes from various schools are at Steven Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta state for sporting games.

The competition which is a collaboration between Making of Champions (MOC) and a communications company, launched its first season in 2023 to discover and nurture athletics talents that will represent Nigeria on the world stage.

Speaking in Asaba, state capital, one of the organisers, Mr Friday Okuwe, said the decision of MOC for the second edition of championship was motivated as a result of the quality of talent discovered during the first edition.

Mr. Okuwe said the event tagged Secondary Schools Athletics competition is a national development intervention designed to unearth future Olympics champions for the country, and stand a great chance to win scholarship, and be trained in the best schools abroad.

“We have designed this to discover home grown athletes, and also support them with all the necessary training and exposure that they need to excel both in athletics and academics. Other countries like Jamaica have a working system that creates avenue to discover sports talents,” he said.

However, he reiterated the commitment of his organisation to support the dreams of young athletes as well as inspire the younger generation. 

In his remarks, Commissioner for Youths Development, Mr. Isaac Weyimi  appealed to the organisers for the innovative idea to promote sports at grassroots level saying that development is not an event but a process.

“We are grateful to the organisers for deeming it fit to bring it to Delta state, which is considered as home of sports in Nigeria,” he said.

Also speaking, President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria ( AFN) Mr. Tonobok Okowa, encouraged the organisers to continue in their bid to improve the quality of athletics in the country.

Mr. Okowa described the event as key to the forthcoming African Games, and the Olympics, saying it would be a build up for the continental and global events.

According to him, “We know that the African Games is coming up, and by the grace of God, we are going to have our national trials for the athletes that will be going to the African Games.

“And we are doing it in collaboration with sponsors. We hope that our home based athletes that will be here, we see what they can do.

“Of course, we have a lot of foreign based athletes that will not be able to make it. But those at home that are as very good as the foreign based, will be competing, for us to select those that will be in camps for the African Championship that will represent us in Ghana.”