Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the prestigious Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have assured stakeholders in athletics of staging another world-class event next weekend in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo State.
The Director of Organisation for the race, Zack Amodu, said yesterday that all logistics, both technical and administrative are in place for a bigger and better Okpekpe race this year.
â€œWe are set to go. We have concluded all arrangements for a hitch-free and successful race on Saturday May 12. We have the elite athletes list compiled and visas will be secured at the point of entry when they come in next week,â€ said Amodu who also revealed arrangements for the live telecast of the race have also been concluded.
â€œLast weekend SuperSport, our official media partner were in Okpekpe to do a pre-production planning and set up required for a live telecast of the event. We have also made arrangement to accommodate as many as 400 Nigerian elite athletes that will participate in the race. This is unprecedented in the organisation of road races in Nigeria,â€ Amodu added.
He also disclosed that arrangements for a seamless doping control have also been concluded.
â€œWe have the doping control station built in Okpekpe. It has a waiting room, a working room and toilets for both men and women since the race is mixed gender. We also have the sample collection equipment vis the collection vessels for collecting urine/blood from the athletes as well as sealable and tamper-evident bottles and lids for securing the samples.
â€œWe also have key officials that will ensure a smooth and incident-free organisation of the race in place.
â€œWe have the start and finish managers whose jobs will be to set up the start and the finish area including the mobile toilets, changing facilities, baggage handling, refreshments, crowd control barriers and the timing system among other things.
â€œOf course, we have announced that Dr Akin Amao will be in charge of the anti doping unit. We have the starter, time-keepers, recorders and the race referee secured as well as technical officials that will handle the race entries and issue race numbers and instructions,â€ he concluded.