The stage is now set for the maiden International Schools Athletics Championship (ISAC) to be staged by Sports Business Network, a brain child of Olympic gold medalist Aniefiok Udo- Obong in conjunction with Lagos State Athletics Association.
Udo- Obong, gold medallist in 4×400 meters at Sydney 2000 Olympics told the media that the championship will involve some private schools and some West African countries such as Ghana and Togo while the best public schools in the six education divisions of Lagos will be invited to be part of the event which is for children between the ages of six and seventeen and will hold between March 14 and 19, 2022.
He also announced that registration of schools and individual athletes would close at the end of this month even as he announced there would be prizes for winners.
“I can confirm to you the stage is set. It’s high time we discover this lads at tender age. We are on the right track to bring the game of athletics back to an enviable height it use to be,” Udi-Obong reiterated.
“The organisers has been doing all possible best to make sure this maiden edition turns successful. I’m using this medium to inspire all participants willing to write their name in gold.
“The tourney will involve some private school and other West African countries and I’m sure our lads has all it takes to conquer any rival. As I speak, lot of prices will be up for grabs and I will also be on ground to motivates the lads and serve as role model,” Udo-Obong stated.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Lagos State Athletics Association, Dr. Solomon Alao, has expressed gratitude over the championship and has set aside N5 million for the project.
He described it as a veritable platform through which children will have the opportunity to express their talents and also help in the discovery of talented athletes that will be developed to win laurels for the country in future.
Alao was optimistic that with corporate support, Nigeria will soon produce more world champions in athletics.
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Izuchukwu Okosi is a Nigerian sports and entertainment journalist with two decades of experience in the media industry having begun his media journey in 2002 as an intern at Mundial Sports International (MSI) and Africa Independent Television (AIT), owners of Daar Communications Plc.
In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
He also undertook freelance writing gigs for some local and international organizations.
Okosi is a member of the Actors Guild of Nigeria (AGN), Association of Movie Producers (AMP), Association of Voiceover Artistes of Nigeria (AVOA), Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) and Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He has been part of cast in some Nollywood movies and radio dramas including Blood Money 2, Scores To Settle, Dead End 2, Another Campus Tale and Battle Line.
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