Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has picked up registration form to take part in the inaugural edition of the Okpekpe International 10 kilometres Road Race scheduled to hold on May 4 in Edo State.
Special Adviser to the governor on Sports Matters, Chief Mike Itemuagbo, confirmed Tuesday that the governor sent in his entry form at the weekend.
“The governor is very excited about the Okpekpe International Road Race. He has promised to complete the race,” observed Itemuagbo who is the initiator of the race aimed at exposing the Okpekpe and its environs to athletes of repute from the globe.
Already, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has confirmed receiving entries from Kenya and Ethiopia for the 10km race that will witness top runners from the continent.
Assistant Secretary of the AFN, Olufemi Ajao, confirmed the entries from both Kenya and Ethiopia even as he further revealed discussions were going on with managers of top road runners globally.
“Apart from the entries from Kenya and Ethiopia, we have received inquiries from managers of some of the top road runners in Africa concerning the Okpekpe race. We are very certain that some established road runners are going to be part of this inaugural edition,”
Twenty-five thousand dollars is at stake for the top finisher while the second to the eight-placed runners in both the male and female categories will also smile home with cash from the organizers. Winner of the Edo indigene category is to also get N100, 000 with second and third finishers also listed for prizes.