The newly instituted Maltina School Games will commence today with preliminary round events across the four states penciled down for the pilot phase of the new school sports initiative.
No fewer than 500 schools will take part in the track and field events that will produce finalists across the states ahead of the national finals in Lagos next month.
The Maltina school sports initiative, targeted at impacting over 20 million school children, is designed to promote and foster national unity and raising active kids through sports.
Lagos, Kano, Anambra and the Federal Capital FCT (FCT) will be the centre of attraction starting from today through to Friday, February 21st as youngsters aspiring to be Olympians and represent Nigeria at the highest stage of track and field sports will set their dreams into motion.
According to statistics by the organisers, Lagos with 182, has the highest number of participating schools coming from its six educational districts.
There are 120 schools from Kano while Anambra has 124 and 116 from FCT, all registered for the Maltina school games.
The Maltina school games is also a platform designed to promote the development of children, from improving their social and leadership skills, to bettering their wellbeing through sports.
With many children set to meet others outside the four walls of their respective schools, the Maltina school games beyond breeding happy moments, will also foster national unity while raising active kids.
Outstanding athletes from the Maltina school games will get a chance to represent Nigeria at international competitions across the world and that could mark a big turnaround in becoming world-acclaimed stars in their respective fields.
It has also been announced that the overall best school will win N1 million worth of support for its forthcoming inter-house sport.
Also, the Overall Best Athlete (OBA) will win a scholarship to any Federal University of choice.
After the Preliminary round, the State finals will start days later this month from 24th-28th.