Special Assistant on Sports to Lagos State Governor, Deji Tinubu; Schneider’s Sponsored Athletes to Paris Marathon, Yohanna Dinatu and Sharubutu Philibus; Country President, Schneider Electric Nigeria, Walid Sheta; at the welcome ceremony for the road runners from France
Encomiums were on Tuesday showered on the two athletes, Philibus Sharubutu and Dinatu Yohanna, sponsored by Schneider Electric Nigeria to this year’s Paris Marathon which held on April 3.
Speaking at a welcome reception for the athletes which held at the Lagos office of Schneider Electric, the Country President of the company, Walid Sheta, said: “It is amazing Nigeria’s representatives made it at the record time. Their performance is a mark of champions. Schneider Electric will continue to support Nigerian governments at all levels to encourage home grown talents.
Sharubutu made Nigeria proud by finishing in the top 40 out of over 50,000 runners at the annual race. He clocked 2 hours 32 seconds, just 25 minutes behind the eventual winner, Cyprian Kotut of Kenya.
Both Sharubutu and his female counterpart, Yohanna, were sponsored to the 40th edition of the Paris Marathon by Schneider Electric Nigeria for being the first male and female Nigerian athletes to breast the tape at the first edition of the Lagos City Marathon held on February 6, 2016.
Expressing their gratitude, the marathoners appreciated Schneider Electric Nigeria, the federal government and the Lagos State government for giving them such a rare opportunity to compete with some of the world’s best in long-distance races and for celebrating them with such a beautiful welcome despite not emerging winner at the 2016 Paris Marathon.
The Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Sports, Deji Tinubu, who graced the occasion, reiterated the need to celebrate the success of Nigerian athletes in order to inspire them to do more.
He commended the athletes for their sterling performance at the Paris Marathon. “We commend Schneider Electric for their continuous partnership in support of our athletes. Nigeria possesses great talents, and it is our collective responsibility to discover and celebrate them,” he said.