Nigeria leading sports betting company, Bet9ja, has officially joined the Access Bank/Lagos City Marathon as an official sponsor of the nation’s number one marathon.
The Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager, Bet9ja, Mr. Tunji Meshioye, told reporters that apart from sponsorship in cash and kind, Bet9ja will be giving out lots of freebies on the marathon day scheduled to take place on February 11, 2017 at 7am.
He urged Lagosians to take advantage of the opportunity to come out and have fun while keeping fit at the event which is already the most talked-about marathon in Africa after its first edition last year.
Lagos City Marathon Organiser, Bukola Olopade, said “The success of the marathon, the first full international marathon in Nigeria in 31 years is a thing of pride for all Nigerians. We need the support of all Nigerians, especially corporate citizens to emulate Bet9ja and join hands with Lagos State Government, Athletics Federation of Nigeria and title sponsor, Access Bank, to make the Lagos City Marathon among the top five in the world in the next few years.’’
The Lagos City Marathon, the second highest-ranking marathon in Africa will witness the participation of thousands of professionals and amateurs with over 100 elite athletes on the streets of Lagos.
Meanwhile, African record holder in wheel chair racing, Hannah Babalola, has said her target at this year’s Access Bank /Lagos City Marathon is to reduce her time and make it a back-to-back victory.
The Paralympian who arrived the country yesterday ahead of the marathon said she was excited with the new racing wheelchair acquired by the sponsors of the race for the athletes.
“I want to say a big thank you to Access Bank for acquiring 10 racing wheelchair,” she said.
“This has put us (Nigerian athletes) at per with our counterparts across the world. I had a wonderful race at the first edition and I am ready to do better especially with this new wheelchair.
“I am also going to use the marathon to prepare for the London Marathon I will be participating in April.
“The problem facing most of us special athletes have always been equipment and this will definitely help in taking more athletes off the streets.”
Babalola made it to the final stage of the 2016 Rio Paralympic, a feat no Nigerian athlete has ever attained.
She added that the experience in Rio, and her preparations would put her in good position ahead of her competitors.