No fewer than 180 schools in the South West Zone of the country have registered to participate in the third edition of the Lagelu FM Inter-Secondary School relay race scheduled to hold in Ibadan.
The Nigeria News Agencyreports that the competition is being organised by Lagelu FM, a sister station of Splash FM co-owned by West Midland Communications.
NAN also reports that the event, which commenced in 2017, had discovered many talents representing their various states at the national level.
Olawuwo said: “The competition is a grassroots race essentially with the objective of discovering and helping in nurturing future athletic stars from Oyo State primarily and of course the neighbouring states.
“We are happy to inform you that even as we speak, 180 schools have officially registered. We are quite excited about this because it keeps getting bigger.
“The first year, there were about 60 schools that registered. The second year which was last year, we had about 120 schools. So this year, that we have recorded about 180 schools is a mark of progress and registration is still ongoing.”
Olawuwo said that the third edition of the event would feature races which included 100 metres, 4 by 100 metres, 4 by 200metres, 4 by 400 metres, mixed race and 4 by 100 hurdles.
He commended the Oyo State Government for being a principal sponsor of the tournament, saying the incumbent governor, Seyi Makinde, had since inception of the race identified with its progress.
Olawuwo also commended other partners in the organisation of the event, including the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Kayrom Lee Gym and Fitness Centre and Sumal foods among others.
Mr Olufemi Ajao, the South West Zonal Coordinator, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, said that his office had keyed into the event from inception, commending the organisers on their achievements so far.
“But this year alone, may be because of the talents they picked from our relay, we had medals from athletics. So, that is one of the achievements made so far.
“So far so good, we have been enjoying the dividends of that schools relay. At least Oyo State and some neighbouring states have been coming here to pick athletes.
“I don’t think in Nigeria of today, we have any athletic event that has goodies for athletes, even for coaches, like Lagelu Relay,” he said.
Ajao described the initiative as the only way to drive sports development in Nigeria, adding that ageing athletes must be replaced.
Also speaking, Amb. Romoke Ayinde, the Chief Executive Officer, Kayrom Lee Gym and Fitness Centre, said there had been great improvement in the initiative.
“If you look at it very well, this is the third edition, you can vividly see that there is great improvement.
” I must confess to you, it is one of those things that motivated me to come about the Racban Academy,” she said.
She said that some talents discovered at the race needed someone to develop and nurture them, adding that most of them do not know the talent they have.
Ayinde called on other stakeholders to support the initiative in enhancing efforts at developing and nurturing young talents to stardom.
NAN reports that the event would hold at the University of Ibadan Sports Complex from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19.(NAN)
(Edited by Mufutau Ojo)
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