ATHLETICS: Stage Set For First GCU Relays
Weeks after hosting Africa’s best athletes at the African Senior Athletics Championship; dubbed Asaba 2018, athletics action is returning to Delta State again.
This time, those that would be on parade are ‘Generation Next’, as the stage is set for the maiden Government College Ughelli, GCU Relays.
According to the organising committee for the Relays, at least 20 secondary schools from across the country will be competing in the one-day event fixed for Saturday, November 17 at the ultra-modern tartan tracks recently presented recently to GCU by Shell/NNPC.
Roy Odoko, the Secretary General for Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association said in Lagos that the GCU Relays is targeted as a vehicle to promote social integration through strategic development of athletics and the restoration of healthy sports rivalry among secondary schools nationwide as it was in the old days.
Some of the schools invited are Kings College, Lagos; St.Gregory’s College, Obalende- Lagos; Igbobi College, Yaba-Lagos; Government College, Ibadan; Edo College, Benin-City; Federal Government College, Warri; Hessey College, Warri; Urhobo College, Effurun; St. Patrick’s College, Asaba; Orogun Grammar School, Orogun.
Others are Government College, Umuahia; Queens College, Lagos; Idia College, Benin-City; Baptist Girls School, Agbor; Oharisi College, Afisere-Ughelli; Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ughelli; St. Theresa’s College, Ughelli; James Welch Grammar School, Emevor and Anglican Girls Grammar School, Asaba.
A member of the GCU Relays planning committee, Ejiro Omonode said he is confident that more talents will be unearthed with this new initiative; hence he called on corporate Nigeria as well as other individuals to support this noble course.
He said: “The door is open for individuals and corporate organizations to partner with us, support cannot be too much. Brands are attracted to properties that are highly of quality and attraction and so we expect that as we make progress, the brands will come in their droves,”
GCU Relays is an intercollegiate invitational athletics competition that will feature 100m, 200m, 4x100m relays and 4x400m relays for boys and girls which the organisers hope to rival the likes of the Penn Relays in no distant time.
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