Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke
Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke has charged the Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the annual Obudu International Mountain Race to make a huge statement on its readiness to host the world in 2014 with a perfect organisation of the eighth edition next month.
Imoke told the LOC headed by William Archibong to pull out all the stops to host the best ever championships in 2014 after he was briefed on how Cross River State last month in Italy won the bid to host the 30th edition of the World Mountain Running Association, (WMRA) Championships scheduled to hold at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu.
“His Excellency charged us to host the best ever WMRA Championships in 2014 to let the world know how blessed and gifted Cross Riverians in particular and Nigerians in general are,” revealed a member of the LOC who is also the Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state, Mr Patrick Ugbe.
He further hinted that Governor Imoke also warned that all hands must be on deck to meet the terms and expectations of the entire world “because the credit will not just be to Cross River State, but to Nigeria as a whole. To achieve that, we must endeavour to project Nigeria in good image to participating nations, athletes, officials as well as millions around the world who will be monitoring the event.”
Ugbe assured that the LOC will host the best ever Obudu mountain race and the African Mountain Running Championships next month at the Obudu Ranch Resort.
“The LOC reassured His Excellency that it will use the 2012 race to tell the world that it will not disappoint them in 2014," Ugbe said.