Okpekpe race organisers promise better event this year


The Director of Organisation for the sixth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race, Zack Amodu says this year’s event will be bigger and better organised and in strict accordance with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) competition rules.

The race has been elevated by the IAAF to a silver label status and Amodu is confident organisers will give Nigerians and the watching world another world class event.

He said, “We have the experience and the trust by the IAAF that we can deliver a world class race come May 12 in Okpekpe. Right from the inaugural edition of the race we have proved to be up to the task as far as the technical organisation of the race is concerned and this was recognised by the IAAF who granted us a bronze label status. We also proved we can organise a label event without supervision and the result is the elevation to a silver label status.”

Amodu is aware the scope of this year’s race is slightly different from what organisers are used to but he has assured of another hitch-free technical and administrative organisation of the sixth Okpekpe race.

“It is going to be bigger this year than we have ever had. The number of countries coming for the race will be more than we used to have; the number of doping control will also be bigger as well. For example the minimum number of international elite field will be six for men and six for women representing a minimum of 4 different nationalities and a minimum of two IAAF Areas like Africa and Europe.

“The scope is also wider in terms of doping as we will now conduct more than we did last year when it was a bronze label race. This year we are going to have a minimum of 10 samples (five men and five women) and this will be in addition to conducting doping test for athletes who set or equal world and area records. Athletes who set national records can also request for one but it will be at the athlete’s expense.