It will be two days of excitement and keen competition as the 12th AKS/NNPC/MPN Schools athletics championship kicks off in Eket, the oil city of Akwa Ibom State.
Promises of a memorable event was ignited last night when the camp hosting the over 400 athletes came alive with claims and counter claims of superiority.
A carnival atmosphere reminiscent of the recently concluded national sports festival Eko 2012 reigned supreme as the young athletes reunited with old friends and acquaintances.
Competition will be held between the eight sports zones of the state, namely Abak, Ikot Ekpene, Ibiono Ibom, Oron, Uyo, Etinan, Ikot Abasi and Eket, host and defending champions.
Today, heats will be conducted in the twelve sports that will be competed ; seven track and five field events, including 100 and 200 metres, 400, 800 and 1500 metres, javelin, discuss, shot put, high and long jump.
The 100 and 400 metres relays will also be competed for.
Highlight of the meet will be the crown of fastest male and fastest female tag.
The Competition Director, Professor Lucas Obajimi who arrived Eket on Wednesday said he is looking forward to a keen competition. He told journalist while inspecting the tracks at the Eket Stadium that with the National Sports Festival just ended and with the declaration that a youth festival has been instituted, the competition this year is expected to be keener since students have something to look forward to.
"I want to believe that all the winners here will be in line to represent their state at the festival, so the competition is expected to be keen and very interesting " the IAAF Certified instructor said.