The sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race will be live on terrestial television come this Saturday, according to Mercy Etukudo ,head of secretariat of the one day race.
Etukudo told newsmen in Lagos that arrangements have been concluded with one of Nigeria’s best private television stations, Africa Independent Television (AIT), for a live telecast of the historic race on Saturday.
“We are delighted AIT will also televise the race live on Saturday morning.The television station is one of the partners of the race and we are happy all Nigerians will now be able to see the race as it is going on in the rustic,hilly and beautiful town of Okpekpe,” said Etukudo.
AIT’s head of sports, Omofoma Ebare, confirmed the agreement and said Nigerians will be able to see all the top African stars live on television as the race is going on.
“Nigerians will see the best of the IAAF silver label Okpekpe international 10km race on Saturday as we will join SuperSport to bring to Nigerians a live telecast of the race. They will have the opportunity of watching the race free of charge as it will be on terrestial television which means all homes with television sets can just tune to AIT as from 7am on Saturday to see the best of Nigeria in terms of ability to organise a world class event,” said Ebare.
Meanwhile, organisers of the race have announced the programmes for the event.
Zack Amodu, the director of organisation of the race, has revealed other events lined up for the first ever IAAF label race in West Africa.
“As part of our Corporate Social Responsibility we are going to be empowering the women from the host community,” he said.
“The empowerment programme which started on Monday will end on Friday and the presentation of skill tools will be presented to the participants on race day. It is going to involve selected women from the community.”