Pamodzi Sports Marketing Nigeria Limited, organisers of the annual IAAF Okpekpe 10km Road Race has formalised the appointment of world renowned international road race organiser, Walter Abmayr, as the technical organiser and elite athlete manager for the fourth edition of the race which holds on Saturday May 7,2016 in Okpekpe in Edo State.
This followed the signing of the contractual agreement last weekend in Cardiff at the one-day IAAF Seminar organised for labeled road races on the sidelines of the 2016 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.
Spokesman for the race, Dare Esan, reveals that Abmayr has been mandated to ensure not only a perfect, flawless organisation of this year’s race, he will also ensure the race gets the desired silver-label status for next year.
“Pamodzi and Mr Abmayr have formalised an agreement that will see Mr Abmayr assume the technical organisation of the race as well as being in-charge of the elite athletes management which includes elite athletes recruitment, their travel and accommodation in Nigeria,” said Esan.
“The contract was signed in Cardiff during the IAAF road race seminar for all IAAF labeled road races with Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) President, Solomon Ogba, signing as a witness,” said Esan who further revealed that Abmayr whose record in terms of organisation of international road races is unrivalled is delighted to be back in Nigeria over three decades after his first stint as Nigeria’s national track and field team coach.
“He was in-charge of the technical organisation of the International University 10km Road Race in Heidelberg, Germany from 1987 to 2000, the gold-labeled Singapore International Marathon (2008-2010) and the Lattelecom Riga Marathon which he has been in charge of its technical organisation since 2013 till date. He is also a consultant to Athletic Association of Thailand,” said Esan who further revealed that this year’s race will be used to promote cancer awareness among the rural women in the Okpekpe and its environs.
The bronze-labeled Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is the only IAAF labeled road race in West Africa and one of only two in Africa in 2016.
This year’s edition will hold on Saturday May 7, 2016 in Okpekpe near Auchi and organisers of the race have promised it will serve as a benchmark edition for future races.
The event will be organised in accordance with the IAAF Competition Rules and those of the AFN, particularly with regard to the health and safety of participants and officials.