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Okpekpe MOC visits venue for pre-race checks

Posted: Apr 28, 2015 at 3:08 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Main Organising Committee (MOC)for the 3rd Okpekpe 10km road race has begun the final countdown for the IAAF bronze label race scheduled to hold in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state on the 16th of next month.

Disclosing this to the media on Monday, the race manager, Yussuf Ali, said that the MOC will converge in Benin on Friday before leaving for Okpekpe.

“The final countdown is here and the MOC led by Dan Ngerem (former president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria) will meet in Benin on Friday before leaving for Okpekpe to inspect the race course as well as the security, accommodation and other arrangements that bother on the technical organisation of the race,” said Ali.

“The MOC will also check on the media arrangements for the event. The race this year will be different from the first two editions because it is now an IAAF bronze label race. This means it is one of the less than 100 races the IAAF has designated as one of the leading road races around the world in 2015.

“This is a great honour to Nigeria and the MOC is determined to ensure it is organised in strict adherence to IAAF rules. We have successfully completed the first hurdle which bothers on the invitation of athletes classified under the international elite field. The guidelines for this require at least four nations to be represented by runners with times faster than the IAAF’s guidelines.

Ali is confident of a successful organisation of this year’s race and the support received from the Edo state government as well as the the various sponsors have been the driving force behind the successes recorded so far.