Okpekpe MOC begins pre-race checks
The main organising committee (MOC) for the third Okpekpe 10-kilometre road race has begun the final countdown for the IAAF bronze label race scheduled to hold in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State on May 16.
According to former Nigeria track and field international and two time IAAF World Championships long jump finalist, Yusuf Ali, the MOC will converge on Benin on Friday before leaving for Okpekpe.
“The final countdown is here and the MOC, led by former president of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Dan Ngerem, will meet in Benin on Friday before leaving for Okpekpe to physically inspect the race course, as well as the security, accommodation and other arrangements concerning the technical organisation of the race,” he said.
He added that the MOC will also check on the media arrangements for the event, adding, “the race this year will be different from the first two editions because it is now an IAAF bronze label race. This means it is one of the less than 100 races the IAAF has designated as the leading road races around the world in 2015.
“This is a great honour to Nigeria and the MOC is determined to ensure it is organized in strict adherence to IAAF rules. We have successfully completed the first hurdle, which borders on the invitation of athletes classified under the international elite field.