ABIODUN JIMOH, ABEOKUTA
The much awaited JAC Abeokuta 10 Kilometres Marathon Race billed to hold across major streets in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital on November 2nd, 2019 has received the royal blessing of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Micheal Aremu Gbadebo.
Oba Gbadebo, on Wednesday was presented with a pioneer medal at his Ake Palace in Abeokuta by the organisers of the race, Niilayo Sports Management Limited (NSML), however gave his royal endorsement to the race.
The monarch lauded the organisers of the event for bringing the race of such magnitude to the ancient city, hereby expressed his readiness to support the event and ensure its success.
Moreover, he urged the NSML to organise a world class event in order to encourage and attract renowned and champions of long distance races to Abeokuta, while he appreciated the organisers for staging the marathon at the rock city. “I am assuring you that my subjects will welcome them with open arms.”
The Chief Executive Officer of NSML, Bukola Olopade, in his remark streased that a total of 46 international athletes from 15 countries have signified their interest to participate in the race.
Furthermore, Olopade, ex Commissioner for Youth and Sports in the state added that the race, which had been approved by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), would take the participating athletes through major streets in Abeokuta.
Also, he confirmed that over five thousand Ogun indigenes have so far registered to participate in the race, within three weeks of opening the race registration portal.
He assured: “The sporting event will give the state economy a boost, and with the plan expo at the MKO Abiola Stadium, the small businesses and artisans in the capital city will thrive.
“The production of vests, beebs and other sporting wears have been awarded to the local producers. With various activities lined up for the sporting event, it will give room for business networking between the athletes, visitors and local business people.”