- Hails organisers for AIMS recognition
President of Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS, Africa), Mitchell Obi, is delighted the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and pledges his association’s desire to partner the meet organisers to stimulate awareness about the race.
Obi, on behalf of all sports journalists in Africa congratulated promoter of the race, Mike Itemuagbor, for what he described as a landmark achievement and hopes for greater collaboration between the organisers of the race and AIPS (Africa).
”At the instance of all sports journalists in Africa please accept our deep congratulation for your landmark memberships of AIMS. It is a fitting testimony to your diligence and the communal strength and support engineered by you and your team to make Okpekpe International Road Race an event to behold annually,” wrote Obi in a message sent to the race organiser .
”We look forward to your effective anchor with AIPS Africa to stimulate greater awareness and followership in the continent and beyond in the coming editions. We delight with your new status and once again felicitations,” he concluded.
The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is the first and only IAAF label road race in Nigeria. By definition IAAF road race label events are races that the body designates as one of the leading road races around the world.
The race is also the only road race in Nigeria to have its race course measured by an accredited IAAF-AIMS Grade A or B measure expert.
Late last year an accredited IAAF-AIMS Grade B measurer, Mike Hughes, accompanied by Yususf Ali, technical official of the race were in Okpekpe to re-measure the course using the calibrated bicycle method, the only approved method for measuring road races.
This year’s race, the fifth edition will hold on Saturday May 13,2017 in Okpekpe, a town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria. It is located about 25 kilometres northeast of Auchi.
The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.