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Sports: MoC Grand Prix to hold April

The third Making of Champions Grand Prix has been scheduled to hold from April 2 to 3 at the Yaba College of Technology sports complex in Lagos.

This was made known by the MoC CEO Bambo Akani during an online media parley, which was monitored by Punch on Thursday.

Akani said a final list of invited athletes will be released after an initial one-month registration period for interested athletes.

The athletes are expected to feature in 30 track and field events, which will also serve as qualifiers for Nigeria’s top athletes who are yet to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“It’s good to be back. We’re very glad that the MoC Grand Prix can make a return for the third edition,” Akani said.

“Obviously, this was meant to happen in 2020 but because of the coronavirus pandemic, it did not happen in May, then December, so we are really pleased that it can now return for Nigerian athletes and athletes everywhere in April.

“The MoC Grand Prix holds an added importance this year because it will serve as an Olympic-qualifying event and we’re looking forward to helping as many Nigerian athletes as possible to qualify for the Olympics. We’re calling on corporate sponsors across Nigeria to join in this effort to support Nigeria’s Olympic hopes, especially during the coronavirus crisis,” he added.

Partnerships Manager, MoC, Evans Emmanuel, added, “Apart from few athletes globally who have already hit Olympic qualifying standards in their events, athletes worldwide will have to qualify through their World Rankings, which is an average of their five best performances in the last 12 months.

“We have already had several positive discussions with prospective sponsors for the MoC Grand Prix – there has been a lot of interest in supporting Olympic-qualifying events that will help Nigeria’s athletes triumph over the global pandemic and propel the nation to our best Olympic showing since Atlanta ’96.”

Since the inaugural edition in 2018, the MoC Grand Prix has become one of the most important fixtures in the annual calendar of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria who is MoC’s Technical Partner for the event, ensuring that all races are timed electronically, and all results ratified and recognised globally by World Athletics. Punch

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