The Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos will be a beehive of Track and Field events from April 24 to 25 as the maiden Easter Open Athletics Championship is scheduled to hold in the
”Centre of Excellence”.
The planned athletics event is in continuation of the efforts of the Lagos state government to promote sports at grassroots level.
According to the Organisers, the Lagos State Athletics Association; as many as 42 schools and 20 clubs within and outside Lagos
, have confirmed their participation in the two-day event to be competed for in the junior and senior categories.
The Lagos State Athletics Association also stated that the championship will serves as qualifier for the forthcoming World Athletics Championship holding later this year.
The junior category is open to all secondary schools in Lagos and they are expected to jostle for honours in 4x100metre, 4x200m, 100, 200, 400, 800 as well as Swedish relays in 100, 200, 300 and 400metres.
The top three athletes in each event will get N50, 000, N30, 000 and N20, 000 respectively.
The senior division is open to states, clubs, tertiary institutions, military, para military organizations and foreign countries.
The events in the senior category are 4×100, 4×200, and 4×400, sprint events like 100, 200, 400 and 800metres.
Also events like 1200, and 1600 meters will also be jostled for while corporate relay (4X100metyres will also be competed for by corporate bodies.
The top three athletes in the senior cadre will N120, 000, N80, 000 and N50, 000 respectively.