Edo State Guarantees Support For Okpekpe Road Race

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Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, has guaranteed the state’s continuous support for the Okpekpe International 10k Road Race, affirming that it will return bigger and better this year.

Shaibu also reiterated the commitment of the state government towards ensuring it retains its historic and number one status in West Africa.

“The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is back this year with the eighth edition and it has come to stay,” said Shaibu at a press conference in Benin hosting this year’s race.

Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu

“The race is a constant fixture in the calendar of the state, just as it is in the calendar of World Athletics,” Shaibu added.

The Deputy Governor added that plans are in place to institutionalise the race, disclosing that the state recently held a meeting with Pamodzi Sports Marketing, the main organisers of the race.

“We agreed on the need to institutionalise it so that it can live after us. That’s the level of commitment the Edo State government is showing,” he added.

The Deputy Governor disclosed that all athletes participating in the race this year would undergo antigen tests for COVID-19.


Chidi Nwoke/The Guardian.