Lotto Lagos Athletics Championship: Athletes target records as Tourney enters final phase

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With three districts already concluded their final selection for the grand finale of the season two of the Lagos Premier Lotto Schools Athletics Championship, athletes are eager to set new records in the final week of the competition.
From Monday March 3, teams from districts four, five and six will take to the track at the Teslim Balogun Stadium for their qualifiers to the main event this weekend.

For district four, schools from Surulere, Mainland, and Apapa will compete on Monday, while on Tuesday March 4, district five made up of schools from Amuwo Odofin, Ajeromi and Badagry will compete for places in the final team.

On Wednesday March 5, schools from Oshodi Isolo, Mushin and Ikeja that made up district six will jostle for spots.

Also, eight states and eight tertiary institutions in Lagos State have confirmed their participation in the invitational relay of the grand finale on Saturday March 8 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.

Meanwhile, athletes that competed in the maiden edition of the competition believed it would churn out new athletes for the state.

Mercy Abire, winner of the 200m of the girls’ event at the maiden, said it was an avenue for students to exhibit their God’s own talents.

“It is a wonderful decision to organise an athletics competition for secondary school students. This is where to get raw talents to compete in various competitions such as the African Youth Championship. I was here last year for the tournament and I smiled home with a Laptop for my feat,” Abire said.

The sprinter, who represented Lagos State at the 18th National Sports Festival tagged EKO 2012 Games, said her participation in the holiday training programme supervised by Lee Evans and Tony Osheku, encouraged her to win a silver medal at the African Youth Championship held in Warri, Delta State.

For Ihuama Emmanuel, the competition is an avenue for them to display their talents and get national call-up.