Amike vows to unearth hidden talents as 60 Lagos schools register
Technical director of the Channels U-18 Athletics Classics, Henry Amike says this year’s edition of the tournament would be used to discover more talents that will represent Nigeria at future international championships.
Amike, a former athlete, made this statement ahead of the second edition of the Classics scheduled to hold between November 13 and 14 at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
According to Amike, this year’s competition is expected to be an improvement on that of last year where key talents like Fatola Adedoyin, who went on to represent Nigeria at the Africa Youth Games, was discovered.
Invited secondary school students from both the private and public sectors across the six districts of Lagos State are expected to attend the two-day meet meant for athletes below 18 years..
Events to feature in the competition include 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres races, as well as the 4×100 and 4×400 relay races.
There will also be competitions in long jump, high jump and short put.
Amike said the overall aim of the competition is to scout, discover and develop talents that abound in the secondary school system.
About 49 secondary schools took part in last year’s inaugural championship, which recorded some outstanding results.
Over 60 schools have signified interest in being part of this year’s edition, as some schools have already started preparations for the Nov 13, 14 classics.