Chairman, National Academicals Sports Committee (NASCOM), Yemi Idowu and Lagos State Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Wahid Oshodi will on Wednesday grace district six qualifiers of this year’s Lagos Premier Lotto Schools Athletics Championships.
NASCOM supported the tournament during the maiden edition and the presence of its helmsman is another effort to back the competition this year.
Oshodi, whose efforts to revive sports at grassroots level have continued to yield positively in Lagos will join the NASCOM boss for the championship on Wednesday.
Schools from Oshodi Isolo, Mushin and Ikeja will compete for places in the grand finale slated for Saturday at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Meanwhile, athletes from district five that competed on Tuesday have called on the organisers to make the tournament a quarterly basis.
Samuel Odede of Dr. Lucas Memorial Senior High School said taking part in the competition has afforded him the opportunity to showcase his talents, as well as assess his performance.
“This is my first time of competing at a big stage like this and I really commend the organisers for this laudable idea and I hope it will grow to become a quarterly event. Although, I did not make it to the final but I am happy competing at this big stage,” the senior class one student said.
Also, Chiamaka Ojinnaka of Imoye Senior Secondary School was particularly thrilled with the quality of the track, saying she would continue to work hard to make it to the big stage in athletics.
“I finished third in the girls’ 400m event and I hope to make it to the final. But for me, coming to this stadium to compete is indeed a pride. I only watched people competing on the track on television, but today, I am running on it. I am excited and I hope to put more efforts to ensure that I make it to the finale on Saturday,” Ojinnaka said.