OKPEKPE 10KM ROAD RACE
Channels Television Chief Executive Officer, John Momoh, has offered cash prizes for the top three men and women athletes of North Ibie origin at the fourth edition of the IAAF bronze label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race.
The race is scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 7 in Okpekpe, Edo State.
Momoh, a proud son of North Ibie and owner of one of the best television stations in Nigeria is offerring N.6million as prize monies to the top three men and women at the race with the first going home with N150,000 while the second and third placed finishers will go home with N100,000 and N50,000 respectively in both men and women categories.
The North Ibie comprises of Okpekpe Clan and the Three Ibie Clans : Imiegba, Imiakebu and Itsukwi of Etasko East Local Government Area of Edo State.
These novel prizes, according to organisers of the only IAAF-labeled road race in West Africa and one of only two in Africa in 2016, is to pave a way for these communities that are of the same historical background besides their common Ibie language, to encourage and motivate them.
“We are coming up with these new prizes for encourage and lure the host communities into embracing the race and stimulating their interests in road running,” observed the Director of Organisation for the race, Zakari Amodu.
Race owner, Pamodzi Sports Marketing (PSM),a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and rights acquisition business in Nigeria is also planning to introduce a camp in Okpekpe where national athletes could camp for training.
This is also aimed at spurring Okpekpe youths that are interested in the sport to also train.
Meanwhile, Amodu has assured that this year’s race, like the three previous editions will be organised in accordance with the IAAF Competition Rules and those of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) particularly with regard to the health and safety of participants and officials.
“We have concluded arrangements for doping control and this will also be done according to IAAF dictates. As a bronze label race, we are expected to do a minimum of four because it is a mixed gender race with two samples for men and same for women,” he concluded.