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Top Stars Jet In For Okpekpe

Posted: May 13, 2015 at 1:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


All the invited foreign athletes confirmed for Saturday’s 3rd Okpekpe 10km Road Race in Okpekpe, Auchi, Edo state are expected on Thursday May 14, according to organisers of the race.

In the travel itinerary made available to the media on Tuesday by a member of the Main Organising Committee (MOC), Yusuf Ali, all athletes, except Foimi Justilin of Cameroun, will arrive Lagos as early as 5.30am till a few minutes past noon.

Foimi was expected in Lagos late Tuesday from Douala, while Morocco’s Lahbabi Aziz is expected in at 5.30am today.

Also expected in Lagos are three former winners of the annual Obudu International Mountain Race, Abebe Dinkesa, Hunegaw Yismaw and Genet Yalew, who will jet in aboard Ethiopia Airline flight number ET 901 at 12.30pm.

Ali has assured that Saturday’s race will be different from the two earlier editions because of the international recognition it has received.

“The Okpekpe Race is now an IAAF bronze label race and what this means is that all rules regulating the organisation of the race as laid down by the IAAF must be enforced,” he said.

The former national and African long jump champion also revealed that the granting of the bronze label status to the race means world and area records set in Okpekpe will be recognised by the IAAF.’

The Okpekpe 10km road race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing,a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and rights acquisition business in Nigeria in conjunction with the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and Edo state government.