Organisers of the annual Okpekpe 10 kilometres Road Race, Pamodzi Sports Marketing (PSM) slated to hold on May 7 in Edo State have revealed that the third edition will see the athletes being rewarded on the basis on their performance in the competition.
Disclosing this in Lagos yesterday, Okpekpe 10km Race Media Manager, Dare Esan, stated that:” This year’s edition will a win-win situation for the marathoners because they will get appearance fees for the elite athletes who will be screened by the elite manager appointed for the race.
“Also, there will be bonuses for the elite athletes just as their travelling tickets would be paid for on the advice of the elite manager. But, any of the elite athletes who fails to meet the desired mark would refund all that he or she received in line with the global best practices for the bronze label race which the Okpekpe 10-kilometre race is.
“These incentives to the elite athletes have necessitated the need for a reduction of the prize money since the winners would strive to grab the goodies set aside by the organisers which would translate to cash.
“One of such goodies for the runners this year is the cash for any athlete who sets a new meet record for the competition, aside what he or she gets for winning the race.
“Since Okpekpe Road Race is a bronze label, there was the urgent need to comply with global best practices hence the reduction in prize money which in the last three editions was the highest in the world. The high prize money by Pamodzi Sports Marketing (PSM) was targeted at attracting top runners to the event as part of the basis for getting the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) chieftains to award the race the bronze label tag which it presently enjoys,” Esan said.