Nigeria Football Federation president Amaju Melvin Pinnick and Labour leader,Comrade Isa Aremu have joined the growing list of celebrity runners confirmed for the fifth Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Etsako East local government of Edo state.
Pinnick,who is also an executive committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) says he is thrilled to associate with a race that has become a big image laundrer for Nigeria.
‘I want to congratulate the organisers of the race,especially my brother Mike Itemuagbor for placing Okpekpe in particualr and Edo state in general as a destination point as far as international sports is concerned.What he has done with the race is incredible.He is organising a race the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have considered good enough for a label rating.And to think that it is only one of two such races in Africa that has been so recognised has made it very huge indeed,’said Pinnick who is also a member of the prestigious FIFA organising committee.
Pinnick has however revealed he won’t be running for any of the top prize monies on offer at the race.
‘I will be running for charity,’he said and revealed that he will be joining forces with some of the other celebrity runners who will running to raise awareness about cancer.One of such celebrities is labour leader Aremu who will also be running for charity.