Relay teams of Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic will slug it out for tickets to the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, next month at the final of the Deji Tinubu/Lagos Athletics Club Series on Friday (today) at the Yaba College of Technology.

The Deji Tinubu/Lagos Athletics Club Series is an initiative of the Lagos State Athletics Association and will also see 27 clubs and three schools compete for the grand prize, after making it through the first three stages of the series in February, April and June.

After moving some steps close to qualifying for the World Championships in the African Region 2 relay events in Lome, Togo on Saturday, Nigeria will continue its search for the relay tickets in the men’s 4x100m, 4x400m and women’s 4X400m in the Lagos Series.

In Togo, the women’s 4x400m team ran 3.29.09 seconds, while the men’s 4x400m team finished in 3.02.91 seconds, missing qualification time by microseconds. The men’s 4x100m team also ran 38.73 seconds but are still 18th in the classification, needing to improve their time to be among the 16 countries that will participate in the event in Budapest.

Chairman, LSAA, Solomon Alao, said the competition, aside from featuring the countries as the highlight, is aimed at restoring the glorious era of athletics.

“The Lagos Athletics Association is always on the lookout for innovative ideas to catalyse development and support growth,” Alao said.

“The club system has been able to sustain athletics activity homogeneously in Nigeria with little or no support from government as such, we decided to leverage on this fascinating phenomenon to encourage further growth and see how to maximise its potential.

“The club series is just the first expression of our strategic intent, a show of goodwill and our willingness to partner with the clubs to do great things,” he added.

The chairman also disclosed that there were plans to enrol the discovered athletes in a mentoring programme to be anchored by Olympics gold medallist, Enefiok Udo-Obong, who is also the Technical Director of LSAA.

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