Okpekpe 10km International Road Race returns May 2022

The eighth edition of the Okpekpe 10km Road Race will hold in May 2022 in Okpekpe, Edo State of Nigeria, the organiser, Pamodzi Sports Marketing has announced.

The Okpekpe race could not hold in 2020 and will not hold in 2021 due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which has continued to disrupt the international sporting calendar.

”We are happy to announce that the eighth edition of the silver-label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be held in May 2022,” Mike Itemuagbor, the CEO of Pamodzi Sports Marketing said.

“The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic ensured that, like many other label races across the globe, our event could not hold in 2020 and will not hold this year. This is an international race that involves the invitation and participation of foreign athletes and their managers as well as the technical delegates from World Athletics and the government’s Covid-19 protocols in terms of travel and other logistics have to be enforced including the lockdown rules introduced by the Nigerian government.”

 He said there’s great hope for the return because of the strides made medically on Covid-19 which has reduced the uncertainty the pandemic has caused particularly to sports.

“We are delighted about the rollout of vaccines which are a critical tool in the battle against COVID-19 that has claimed over 3.1m lives worldwide. We are confident the world will be a much safer place by next year when the majority would have been vaccinated and we can host the race that has become a festival of sort for road running in Nigeria.”

Itemuagbor thanked the Edo State government led by Godwin Obaseki and the race sponsors for their concern and support and assured that the race will return bigger.

”Our target is to make the race the first gold label road race in West Africa. The race made history in 2015 when it became the first road running event to be granted a bronze label. Two years later, it scored another first as the first silver label road race to hold anywhere in West Africa and our target still remains the gold,” he said.