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Athletics Integrity Unit clears Okpekpe runners

The Athletics Integrity Unit  has given the sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race held   in Okpekpe, Edo State, in May  a clean bill of health following the negative dope tests recorded at the one-day meeting.

Spokesman for the race Dare Esan said  in Lagos on Wednesday the result of the doping control  carried out on race day (May 12) returned an all-negative result.

In an e-mail message to promoter of the race Mike Itemuagbor, the AIU, which sits at the heart of the IAAF’s integrity reforms,  confirmed that none of the samples taken at the event tested positive for the use of performance enhancing drugs.

“I am pleased to inform you that the analyses of the doping control samples collected at Okpekpe race, performed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Stockholm, did not reveal the presence or use of a substance or method prohibited under the current WADA Prohibited List,” AIU In Competition Testing Coordinator Virginie Ocquidant wrote.

Esan said,  “This is not only a good development for the sport, it is equally a big plus for the organisers of the race.

“When we decided to make Dr Akin Amao who retired as the head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Sports and one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners as our head of the anti-doping unit for the race,it  was  because we wanted to ensure everything about the race has a touch of excellence and integrity. This has given Edo state and Nigeria a positive image that money cannot buy.”

‘We are ready to make history in Okpekpe’

Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the prestigious Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have assured that they would stage another world class event next weekend in Okpekpe near Auchi in State.

The director of organisation for the race, Zack Amodu yesterday revealed that all logistics, both technical and administrative, were in place for a bigger and better Okpekpe race this year.

“We are set to go. We have concluded all arrangements for a hitch-free and successful race on Saturday May 12. We have the elite athletes list compiled and visas will be secured at the point of entry when they come in next week,” said Amodu, who also revealed arrangements for the live telecast of the race have also been concluded.

“Last weekend Supersports, our official media partner, were in Okpekpe to do a pre-production planning and set up required for a live telecast of the event. We have also made arrangement to accommodate as many as 400 Nigerian elite athletes that will participate in the race, which is unprecedented in the organisation of road races in Nigeria,” Amodu added.

The director of organisation also disclosed that arrangement for a seamless doping control have also been concluded.“We have the doping control station built in Okpekpe. It has a waiting room, a working room and toilets for both men and women since the race is mixed gender.

“We also have the sample collection equipment vis the collection vessels for collecting urine/blood from the athletes as well as sealable and tamper-evident bottles and lids for securing the samples.

“The key officials that will ensure a smooth and incident-free organisation of the race are in place.We have the start and finish managers, whose jobs will be to set up the start and the finish area including the mobile toilets, changing facilities, baggage handling, refreshments, crowd control barriers and the timing system among other things.

“Of course we have announced that Dr. Akin Amao will be in charge of the anti doping unit. We have the starter, timekeepers, recorders and the race referee secured, as well as technical officials that will handle the race entries and issue race numbers and instructions.”


Cheprot and Wanjiku targets Okpekpe International 10km Road titles

Kenya’s Simon Cheprot and Polline Njeru Wanjiku have set their sights on becoming the first man and woman to win the 6th edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race that will be held on May 12, 2018 in Okpekpe, Nigeria.
Both Kenyans were winners in 2016 to make it a Kenyan double for the third time in four editions of the race.
While Wanjiku was absent at the fifth edition last year, Cheprot failed to become the first man to successfully defend an Okpekpe race title, finishing seventh in the men’s race won by Ethiopia’s Leul Gebrselassie.
The duo have confirmed their participation for the sixth edition which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State and Zack Amodu, the director of organisation for the race believes the Kenyans will have it tough completing a fourth double in six editions.
“We are delighted to have both Cheprot and Wanjiku back for this year’s race which has taken a significant leap from an IAAF bronze label race last year to a first ever silver label road race for the first time on Nigerian nay West African soil,” said Amodu.
“Cheprot will be making his third consecutive trip to Okpekpe while Wanjiku is returning after missing out last year. Wanjiku has been very active in the circuit this year. She won the Warszawa PZU Half Marathon in Poland late last month, some 21 days after finishing third at the Paris Half Marathon where she ran a new personal best of 1:08:20.
“Cheprot has also been active and was part of the Tokyo Marathon last February albeit he did not finish. This goes to show that this year’s race will be very explosive and we are expecting a new course record will be set.”
Amodu also revealed that both athletes ran their personal season’s best at the Okpekpe race in 2017 and 2016 respectively.
“Cheprot’s 30 minutes, 33 seconds run last year was his personal season’s best for the year while Wanjiku’s title-winning run  (33:30) in 2016 was also her personal season’s best. Cheprot holds a personal best of 27:41 while Wanjiku’s all-time best is 32:10.”
The IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing in conjunction with the Edo State Athletics Association and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).