Okpekpe organisers recount IAAF seminar benefits

Supersports Nigeria General Manager, Felix Awogu (left) and Okpekpe race director, Zakari Amodu, at the Okpekpe stand in Cardiff during the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Supersports Nigeria General Manager, Felix Awogu (left) and Okpekpe race director, Zakari Amodu, at the Okpekpe stand in Cardiff during the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race say they are now better equipped to stage a benchmark event on May 7, 2016, when the fourth edition of the race holds in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.

The Okpekpe race organisers were among other IAAF label race organisers, athletes and IAAF president, Sebastian Coe and his team, who gathered at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff last Friday for the first IAAF Road Running Seminar.

Held on the eve of the IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships, the seminar was declared opened by IAAF President, Coe, who harped on the need to make road running more visible, popular and appealing.

“We need to road test and we need to innovate to encourage more people to take up our sport. We have to be realistic: road running is the way that we connect in our sport,” he said at the seminar.

Mike Itemuagbor, owner of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, a leader in sports marketing, sponsorship, hospitality and rights acquisition business in Nigeria, led the Nigerian delegation.



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