The highly anticipated 2023 edition of the Government College Ughelli (GCU) Relays is scheduled to take place on November 18, deviating from its usual timing in the first week. This adjustment is made in consideration of the national off-cycle elections taking place in Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa states.
Chief Albert Akpomudje (SAN), the President-General Worldwide of the Government College Ughelli Old Boys Association (GCUOBA), has officially confirmed the November 18 date. He also revealed that the 5th edition of the event will set new standards in terms of competitiveness, sophistication, and grandeur, with the participation of over 500 athletes invited from 50 schools across Nigeria.
The event will be held at the state-of-the-art NNPC-SHELL built and donated modern tartan tracks located at the school’s athletics fields.
“As we have witnessed the exponential growth of this intercollegiate competition, we are determined to elevate the standards at this milestone edition,” stated Chief Akpomudje.
He further added, “The inaugural edition was successfully organized by former PGWW, Prof Oritsegbemi Omatete, and the last three editions were skillfully managed by Arc Charles Majoroh. Therefore, I am compelled not only to build upon their accomplishments but also to take the annual event to even greater heights.”
Following tradition, numerous entries have already started pouring in from schools across Nigeria, with Hussey College and Urhobo College being the early participants.
Godson Oghenebrume, the star athlete and Victor Ludorum winner of the inaugural edition from Afiesere Grammar School, continues to excel and establish himself as a world-class track predator.
The GCU Relays, conceived by the GCUOBA, Worldwide, aims to reignite the intercollegiate rivalry among secondary schools nationwide, fostering a spirit of healthy competition in athletics.