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Okpekpe Organisers Plan World Class Race

Organisers of the fifth edition of the Okpekpe international 10km road race say they are ready to organise a bigger and better event this Saturday in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state. Race director of organisation Zakari Amodu says the first and only IAAF Bronze Label race in Nigeria will live up to its billing as one of the prestigious …

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Okpekpe Screening, Accreditation Start

…Top stars jet in for IAAF Bronze Label event Final registration of athletes for Saturday’s fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race begins today in Auchi in Edo state. The registration, according to Yusuf Alli,a former Nigeria international athlete and a top technical official of the race entails screening and accreditation of all athletes who have completed the registration format on …

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Cheprot seeks to make history at Okpekpe

—As organisers restate readiness to host another world class event Kenya’s Simon Cheprot will be hoping to make history as the first man to successfully defend the men’s title when the fifth edition of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Bronze Label Okpekpe international 10km road race gets underway next weekend in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state. Last …

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NAWIS Drags Collins To AFN Board

.Says Women Must Aim At The Top Former triple jump champion Rosa Collins has been elected by the National Association of Women In Sports (NAWIS) to represent its interest on the new board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Collins who won the poll with 26 votes and 10 for her opponent said, it’s time women aim at the …

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2017 IAAF Diamond League: Okagbare To Compete In Doha

Blessing Okagbare says she is set to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF Diamond League which begins on May 5 in Doha. Okagbare is a World Championships silver medalist and is ranked 18th in the world in 200m. IAAF disclosed on its website Thursday that Okagbare would be competing alongside seven other top 200m sprinters. According to …

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Eight Nations Sign For Okpekpe Road Race

Elite athletes from as many as eight countries will participate in next weekend’s fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race in Okpekpe, Etsako East local government area of Edo state. The countries who have confirmed their participation according to Dare Esan,spokesman for the race are Kenya,Ethiopia,Eritrea,Tanzania,Morocco,Turkey,Burundi and of course the host nation,Nigeria. ‘We are delighted to announce that elite athletes from …

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Okagbare Targets May 5 In Doha

Nigeria’s top track and field star, Blessing Okagbare is set to compete at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Diamond League on May 5 in Doha, Qatar. IAAF disclosed on their website this Wednesday that Okagbare, a World Championships silver medallist, who is ranked 18th in the world in 200m, will compete alongside seven other top 200m sprinters. A …

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Okpekpe Race Gets Strict Doping Organisers of the 5th Okpekpe International 10km Road Race say there will be full doping control during this year’s event, which is scheduled to hold in Okpekpe, Edo State, on May 13. Spokesman for the race Dare Esan disclosed that adequate provisions have been made for a full doping control for the event, which International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has classified as the only international road race in Nigeria in 2017. Esan also assured of the organisers’ preparedness to ensure a clean competition come Saturday May 13 and he expatiated: ‘All tests shall be conducted in accordance with the IAAF anti-doping regulations. ‘There will be mandatory and requested tests. The mandatory tests are those that the organisers must conduct at its expense and includes the minimum four that must be done as a bronze label event. ‘These are two men and two women as a mixed gender race and of course those that must be conducted in the event a world record or area record is broken. ‘The testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived. We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. ‘This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorized by the Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session. ‘We also have Dr Akin Amao, one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners as the chief anti-doping officer for the race. ‘We are ready for the race and those who qualified to be called elite athletes based on the times they have returned in the last 24 months are the ones open to testing. ‘Those running for fun or charity are excluded. We have also advised athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race.’ The Okpekpe international 10km road race is the only road race in Nigeria that is recognised by both the IAAF and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) because its race course has been measured by an accredited measurer using the approved calibrated method. The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing,leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria. This year’s race which will hold in Okpekpe, a town in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State. It is located about 25 kilometres northeast of Auchi.

Organisers of the 5th Okpekpe International 10km Road Race say there will be full doping control during this year’s event, which is scheduled to hold in Okpekpe, Edo State, on May 13. Spokesman for the race Dare Esan disclosed that adequate provisions have been made for a full doping control for the event, which International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) …

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FULL DOPING CONTROL AT 5TH OKPEKPE ROAD RACE

Organisers of the fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race say there will be full doping control during the race scheduled to hold in a forthnight at Okpekpe, Edo state. Spokesman for the race Dare Esan reveals that provision has been made for a full doping control for the event which the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has classified as …

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NEW COURSE RECORD EXPECTED AT 4TH OKPEKPE RACE

—As General Esekhaigbe joins celebrity cast for event Organisers of the Okpekpe international 10km road race have predicted new men and women’s course records when the fifth edition of the IAAF Bronze Label race holds in Okpekpe near Auchi,Edo state on Saturday May 13. In 2014 Kenya’s Teshome Mekonnen and Ethiopia’s Wude Ayalew ran 28:35 and 32:41 respectively to smash …

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