NAW Ep 23 - Recapping the best moments of Top Sprinter 2016 and the athletics year for Team Nigeria.

October 7, 2016

What more is there to say other than about Top Sprinter 2016. We discuss about the three-day competition, and what it was like bringing some of the best Nigerian athletes to compete in Lagos. Who were the standout performers? What do we make of Mercy Ntia-Obong's double? Raymond Ekevwo beating the seniors to win the men's 100m title. National athletes likeNathaniel Samson, Yinka Ajayi dominating the quarter-mile.

 

There were notable national athletes who also took part: Nicholas ran in the 100m heats, Peter Moreno in the 200m heats, and others. Was it a sign of acceptability, going by the calibre of athletes present?

Then coming to the Juniors, MoC Track club's Joy Udo-Gabriel and Jerry Jakpa showing tremendous progress as they both stormed to a double. Surely the track club has been immense in their young careers.

 

We also speculate on which athletes and how many may be recruited into MoC TrackClub. There were many firsts on Top Sprinter 2016: Live-streaming of the event,Para-athletes also taking part, and the field events for Juniors.

 

Finally,we do a general review of Team Nigeria's performance in Athletics this year.There were many competitions Nigeria took part in: African Champs in Durban,World Junior Champs in Poland and Rio Olympics & Paralympics. What do we make of our outing at these Championships? Who is our standout Nigerian athlete this year?

00:0000:00

NAW Ep 22 - Top Sprinter is finally here, Press Conference reviewed and Paralympians’ treatment after their victory in Rio.

September 27, 2016

Top on the agenda is Top Sprinter 2016. Over 700 confirmed athletes expected to turn up for the event? Athletes will be traveling in from around Nigeria.

 

For the first time ever in Nigeria, we will be streaming an athletics event LIVE on Facebook (www.facebook.com/makingofchamps). So viewers from around the world can watch Top Sprinter Live. CEO of Making of Champions, speaks on partnership with Lagos State Sports Commission on the Lagos Relays at Top Sprinter's last day, October 1st. Top line Team Nigeria athletes would also be competing this week in Lagos, like Divine Oduduru.

 

Live in this episode is Olympic Medallist Deji Aliu speaking about running sub 10s and what it takes to be a great athlete. Also in this episode are two athletes - Jerry Jakpa and Joy Udo-Gabriel who were discovered at Top Sprinter last year and now in the MoC Track club. They also happen to be the first set of athletes awarded a Student-Athlete Scholarship by Arco Group.

 

The Paralympians are back in the country. So far there's nothing from the government with regards to monetary incentives, just a congratulatory message sent out to the contingent. 

Although it must be pointed out that the House of Representatives members have collectively agreed to part with N50,000 each to donate to the team. News also got round that the Imo State Governor has rewarded athletes from his state.

What is the best reward Nigeria can possibly give to these athletes who did the country proud in Brazil? Who should get the more support, Paralympians or Olympians? Listen to the hot debate!

00:0000:00