Students host Akpabio on Mobil tourney’s final day
THE students participating in this week’s AKS/NNPC/MPN Schools Athletics Championships holding at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo, on March 7 will take time off their running, jumping and throwing to accord Governor Godswill Akpabio a “Gratitude Reception” for affording them the use of a modern stadium.
The news of the event filtered in from the office of the State’s Secondary Schools sports Directorate over the weekend.
In 2013, a decision was taken by the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture to train some of the events champions and they had to be transported all the way to the U. J Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
“Today, it is now a thing of the past as we have in our state a brand new state of the art stadium that is one of the best in the world,” an official of the Directorate revealed.
Asked what format the reception will take, the official said, “ That is the surprise. Just be patient. Wait and see. We have told the championship organizers to insert it in the programme for Saturday and they have graciously accepted.
“He deserves our thanks and our gratitude. Before now we in sports nearly wondered whether we will not benefit from his Uncommon Transformation Agenda, but today we are proud recipients of a legacy that can stand the test of time.”
Competitions will be held in twelve track and field sports, including 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1500 metres and 100 and 400 metres relays.
The field events include Javelin, Shot Putt, Discuss, High and Long Jump.
Friday has been set aside for the heats and semifinals, while the grand finale holds the next day.
Over 500 students from the eight sports zones of Ikot Ekpene, Uyo, Abak, Ikot Abasi, Oron, Ibiono Ibom, Eket and Etinan now in camp are set to do battle at the championship. Among them is James Effiok of Etinan, who by his Zonal timing, is favoured to emerge the fastest student of the championship this year.
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