Major championships lined up, a new era to begin after the feats of some athletes last season, discoveries to come true, rivalries renewed and records that will continue to push the boundaries in their respective disciplines all add up to a delicious season.

Here are eight reasons to be excited about what’s to come in the next 12 months.

The Hungarian capital of Budapest will host the world’s largest track and field event of 2023 from August 19-27.

Building on the success of the last edition held a few months ago in Eugene, Nigerians can look forward to another exciting championship with high expectations for athletes to perform well against the best in the world.

The NCAA Indoor Championships will take place in Albuquerque on March 10-11, and Nigeria’s top collegiate athletes will compete against each other for medals and titles for their schools.

Last year, Favor Ashe and Favor Ofili were the medalists, winning bronze in the 60m and silver in the 200m. The duo will focus on improving the color of their medals this year, while others will focus on being on the podium for the first time in their collegiate careers.

Meanwhile, the NCAA Outdoor Championships are scheduled for June 10-13 in Austin, Texas.

With the success of 2022, where historic performances were achieved, such as the women’s 100m, where the trio of Grace Nwokocha (North Carolina A&T), Rosemary Chukwuma (Texas Tech University) and Favor Ofili (Louisiana State University) achieved brilliant times of 10.97. s, 10.99s and 11.08s respectively in their semis to reach the final.

His feat became the first time in history that three Nigerians competed in the final of the event, and the nation had multiple under-11 riders in a season, having had Ofili clock 10.93s earlier in the year, which he later won. 200m silver medal clocking an impressive 22.05s.

In the men’s category, Ashe (University of Tennessee) won the 100m silver in 10.08 s and Udodi Onwuzurike (Stanford University) with a bronze medal in the 200m in 20.25 s. While in the field events, Ruth Usoro (Texas Tech University) clinched the silver medal in the triple jump with 13.95m, and Isaac Odugbesan (University of Alabama) secured the bronze medal in the shot put with a throw of 20.45m.

It will be great to see how many more iconic feats these college athletes pull off this year.

With her exploits from last year, expect the spotlight to turn to Nigeria’s new queen of the track this season if she can match or exceed her outstanding achievements.

Amusan was crowned World, Commonwealth, Diamond League and African Champion, with the icing on the cake being her world record (WR) of 12.12 s.

Now regarded as one of the top three female athletes globally, Amusan is seen building on these victories, taking center stage in all of her meets this season.

Amusan’s victory at WR and World Championships last year has ignited a new belief and era among Nigerian athletes, who now believe they can achieve anything they set their minds to.

Most now see that it is possible to fight for the best titles and records. Hence, the passion to try harder and aim for the highest is evident.

This year will show the impact WR has on them, so don’t be surprised if these athletes produce incredible performances and break records that have never been seen before in the history of athletics in Nigeria.

Nigerian and African long jump queen Ese Brume has been the second best after Malaika Mihambo since 2019, with the German successfully winning Olympic and world titles convincingly, while Brume settled for medals in bronze or silver

The Commonwealth Champion once said in an interview that it was Mihambo’s turn to dominate and it will be her turn soon.

Perhaps 2023 will finally be the year that he will kiss the gold medal at the World Championships in Budapest. She has waited for years, maybe this is the year she finally stops the German.

Nigeria’s fastest sprinters had the best times of their careers in 2022, in both the men’s and women’s categories.

Although Ashe was the only winner to run under 10, and the others came just as close, we can expect more to break that barrier this season when the race for fastest man in the county begins.

The men’s 200m will also be filled with many expectations, with the likes of Udodi Onwuzuruike, Alaba Akintola and discovery Musibau Adebisi aiming to become Nigeria’s first under-20 runner since Divine Oduduru in 2019.

While in the women’s events, the competition is also filled with high expectations from Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma and Tima Godbless, leading the events.

Ofili had a fantastic season last year becoming the first athlete in Nigerian history to reach the under-22 level. She has what it takes to shorten this time while others may aim to join her in the search for her.

Imaobong Uko, Ella Onojuvwevwo and Patience George will battle it out in the women’s 400m over who will end up being the fastest quarter-mile in the country, while the men’s category will see the runner who can finally break the 45-second barrier in as many years.

The just concluded National Sports Festival (NSF) in Asaba gave us some new names, like Musibau Adebisi, Akintan and Faith Okwose.

With the National Youth Games, Commonwealth Youth Games and the Under-18 and Under-20 African Championships taking place this year, more youngsters are expected to enter the scene and seize their chance to reach the top. national and international stardom.

One shortcoming of this year’s African Games is that it coincides with the World Championships in Budapest, which means that many athletes will not compete in the Games.

The African Games are scheduled for August 4-19 and will end on the same day the World Championships begin.

Therefore, most of the Nigerian athletes who will be present will be at home, except that the date has been rescheduled.