About 640 students will converge in Eket this weekend as the 9th AKS/NNPC/Mobil secondary schools athletics championship will be brought to a classy end.
After weeks of trials and competitions for qualification, 640 students made it from the zones to compete in the final that will be held on December 4 and 5 at the Eket Stadium, Eket.
Defending champions Eket Zone will be coming to the party with the least number of athletes numbering 56. Eket Zonal Coordinator, Mr. S I Asua, told the media in Uyo the state capital, that it is not about numbers. â€œWe insist on quality, not quantity. If you check our entries, you will find out that we have a lot of strength in the sprints and this will be extended to the sprint relays,â€ he said
Ikot Abasi Zone with 76, presents the highest entry with 39 of them girls.
Competitions will be held in five field ( long jump, discuss, shot putt, high jump) and seven track ( 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 metres races and the 100 and 400 metres relays.) events.
Sponsored by the NNPC/ MPN Joint Venture, the championship seeks to discover talents at the grassroot level and hand them over to the state government for onward tracking and training.
As is customary with this championship which is the only secondary schools athletics competition endorsed by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, the Sports Minister and Chairman National Sports Commission is expected to be theÂ guest of honour while the executive governor of the state,Â His Excellency, Obong Godswill Akpabio is special guest of honour.
The championship host, Mrs Gloria Essien_Danner, Mobil Executive Director and Manager External Affairs last week in Lagos reiterated the commitment of her organization to the ideals of the championship.
She said after nine years of unbroken sponsorship, the NNPC/MPN Joint Venture was convinced that there is need to support the youths of the state in identifying their potentials, this time in the field of sports.
The first three winners in the championship benefit one off cash scholarship awards hence the added keenness that characterizes competitions.