”The athletes will come in through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos and will be transported to Auchi where accommodation has been reserved for them. The athletes, together with their Nigerian counterparts will go on tour of the course on Friday in line with IAAF requirements,’ revealed Mercy Etukudo, the race’s head of secretariat.She added that the athletes will get their registration done as soon as they arrive in Auchi and will be taken on a tour of the race course on Friday.“This year’s race will be explosive as we have assembled mostly 27 minutes runners for men and 31, 32 minutes runners for women. A new course record looks a cast iron certainty on Saturday,” said Etukudo who predicted Ethiopia’s Taye Grima, who holds the pre-race fastest time (28:07) could spoil Korio and Cheprot’s bid for a slice of Okpekpe race history.Meanwhile, final registration of all categories of athletes for the race will begin today.“All registered athletes will be screened and accredited for the race which begins early Saturday morning in Okpekpe. They will be provided with their bib numbers as a sign of accreditation for the race,” explained Etukudo.Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is powered by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.It is the first and only road race in Nigeria that has been granted full membership of Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and recognised as one of the prestigious road races in the world and the only race with an IAAF silver label status in Africa this year.The race will be live on Satellite (SuperSport) and terrestrial (Africa Independent Television, AIT).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Cheprot, Korio, Wanjiku set to make historyKenyan trio of Alex Korio (2015 men’s champion), Simon Cheprot (2016 men’s champion) and Polline Wanjiku (2016 women’s champion) will lead over 35 international elite athletes to Nigeria today ahead of Saturday’s IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race which holds in Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State.The trio will be coming in with their focus on making history as the first man and woman to win two Okpekpe titles since the inaugural edition of the race in 2013.
Kingston’s Under-15 cricket team lifted the 2015 Kingston Wharves Under-15 crown last Friday after they defeated defending champions St Elizabeth by 59 runs at Sabina Park.As Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL) celebrates its 70th anniversary and 26 years as title sponsors of the competition, Kingston have achieved what could be considered a memorable victory.Scores: Kingston, 171 for nine in their allotted 40 overs; St Elizabeth, 112 all out. George Seymour led the way for Kingston with 50 not out while Razzaq Williams scored 48.In the bowling department, Rajiv Redhi bagged 4 for 26 from eight overs. He was supported by Matthew Comrie, 2-for 10, and Akeem Malcolm, 2-for 27.Joseph Simpson, 20, and Joshua Watson, 16, top-scored for St Elizabeth, while Roberto Simpson took three wickets for 14 runs and Romario Moxam, two for 28.”We went to the final last year with the same team and lost by one run. It was a big disappointment for most of us to lose a competition by one run, so to come back this year and do it all over with the same team is wonderful,” said Kingston’s coach Marlon Ramdeen.St Elizabeth’s coach, Tedroy Bromfield, bemoaned his team’s poor fielding and bowling.TOO MANY EXTRAS”We had too many extras – 40. The boys didn’t maintain their discipline and dropped some catches, so we let ourselves down by not doing the basics right,” Bromfield said.Mark Williams, chief operating officer of KWL, lauded the young cricketers.”Young men, this is your starting ground. All the big-named players – Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, even Stafanie Taylor – they all came through Kingston Wharves Under-15, so you are having a good launching pad,” he said.Kingston Wharves awarded four cash bursaries to the most valuable players from the four semi-finalists, and their total sponsorship package is worth approximately $5 million annually.