The Channels Track and Field Classics athletics competition for boys and girls in Secondary schools, under the age of 17 has begun.
Participating athletes from invited schools in Lagos State have converged at the Teslim Balogun Stadium for the two-day event.
Meanwhile, students from State Senior High School, Ikeja; Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu; Holy Saviour College, Isolo; Badagry Senior Senior Grammar School, Badagry have registered for the event, while registration for other schools is ongoing.
Participants will compete in the following events:
4 X 100 metres relay
4 X 400 metres relay
400 metres hurdles
The major objective of the competition is to re-ignite the interest of athletics in schools, discover and nurture talents for the country.
In conjunction with the Lagos State Sports Commission, the event will monitor the talents after the tournament and also encourage them to excel in their education.
Channels Television’s grassroots development campaign started in 2009 with the Kids Cup – a football competition for U-13 boys in primary schools which is now an international tournament, with schools from Ghana and Benin Republic competing.
The track and field classics will also feature an exhibition event involving visually impaired and amputee athletes.