The Okpekpe International 10km road race has been elevated to an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Silver Label event.
This news was conveyed to the promoter of the race, Mike Itemuagbor by Alessio Punzi, the IAAF Road Running Manager.
The email reads, ”Following a thorough review of your application; in recognition of the role played by your event for the promotion of elite road racing in your region, and of your efforts towards the improvement of the technical aspects of the event, the IAAF is happy to inform you that the Okpekpe Road Race 10km is upgraded to IAAF Silver Label status for 2018.”
The official label certificate signed by the IAAF president, Lord Sebastian Coe has been received by the organisers of the race.
A statement from the organizers reads, “The success story of the Okpekpe international 10km road race would not have been possible without the active role played by the Edo State government who provided the enabling environment, including a new road from Auchi to the hilly town of Okpekpe. We are particularly grateful to his Excellencies, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, the immediate past governor of the state under whose watch the race was launched and his successor, Godwin Obaseki whose advice and words of encouragement have made the race better. We are also grateful to the Honourable Minister of Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung who availed us of his presence at the fifth edition of the race on May 13 this year.”
They also acknowledged the roles played by sponsors and media partners of the race as well as the Nigeria Police, the Directorate of State Services (DSS), the Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
The sixth edition of the race will hold on Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe in Etsako East local government of Edo State.