JSE U18 Athletics Meet set to hold on Saturday, July 21st in Lagos with over 100 registered athletes
The second edition of the JSE U18 Athletics Meet is set to hold this weekend in Lagos. The competition which will be staged at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere will witness athletes compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 4x100m and Long Jump.
According to the CEO of Junior Sports Events (JSE), Adelowo Shokunbi, he said the idea behind the competition is to give young athletes an opportunity to display their talents.
“The idea behind this competition is to give athletes an opportunity to display their talents. In Nigeria, we don’t have stable competitions that young athletes look forward to, so we are trying to organize a competition that if at all other competitions don’t come up, this one is going to be there.”
Speaking on the vision of his company, Adelowo said “One of our major vision is to raise athletes that will start representing Nigeria, so this platform makes it easier because it’s going to be like a scouting process for us as an organization.”
There is a online registration form for athletes who intend to compete and you can do that via this link and for every spectator, a gate fee of N1000 would be required to gain access into the main bowl.
Reacting to the reason behind the gate fee, Mr Adelowo said “You attain progress not just by identifying a problem but providing solution. One major thing that is key when it comes to sports in Nigeria is lack of funds. Sports is a very big market but Nigeria doesn’t make the best out of it, At JSE we see sports as a job and not just an extracurricular activity, so the spectators are privileged to watch these athletes that have trained for a long period display their talents. In Nigeria they don’t sell tickets and that’s what we are trying to provide solution to.
“You go to comedy shows and you pay N5,000 – N10,000 and for music concerts people are paying N1million for table, so why is sports different? We are trying to create solution to that. It’s a basis actually. We know by God’s grace it will get to a time where people would hear tickets are sold out for athletics events. it is very key because the effect it has on athletes is that it makes them feel recognized. They have a sense of belonging in the country, its not just football. Athletes need to get adequate support.”
The funds realised from the gate fee will not be going into the pocket of the organizers rather they would use it on exceptional athletes.
“By God’s grace , apart from organizing events, we are trying to put exceptional athletes on educational scholarships. We can’t say how many athletes now but even if it is one athlete we can put on scholarship, I mean its progress!” Adelowo stated
He continued “Apart from the scholarship we want to scout for more athletes who we can support financially. even if it’s their transport to training, getting kits, supporting their nutritional needs and all.”
We are also excited to announce that theathleticheat.com will be the official media partner for the competition.
Speaking on this, CEO Athletic Heat, Eseroghene Oguma stated that he is always excited to partner with young entrepreneurs who are ready to move the sport forward.
“I’m indeed happy with this initiative by Adelowo, like myself, he is just over 19 years old and he has this great idea to move Athletics forward and Athletic Heat is ready to support him to the best of our ability.”