Edo state deputy governor, Comrade Philips Shaibu, says he is excited that the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race has returned bigger and better.
Shaibu at the pre-race dinner said “I am delighted the Okpekpe race is back after a two year absence. We are all aware of the Covid-19 pandemic that disrupted the economic and social life of the world and we were left with no choice but to postpone the event first in 2020 and also in 2021 because the health and safety of all participants is important to the organisers of the race and Edo State government,”.
The deputy governor was one of the runners at the event and completed the 10km race.
He was also decorated with a medal of honour by the Onwueweko of Okpekpe town, Peter Abalume.
“I am happy with the organization of the race and want to reassure you all that the Edo state government will continue to support the World Athletics recognised event. This is an elite label race and our target is to become the first elite platinum race in Africa,” said Shaibu.
The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is the first road running event to have its race course measured by a World Athletics certified measurer.