Bahraini Emerges Winner Of Seventh Okpekpe Race


A Bahraini, Dawit Fikadu, has emerged the winner of the 7th Okpekpe race which held in Edo State, South-South Nigeria.

His winning the 10 kilometre road race has set a new course record of 28 minutes 48 seconds while Sheila Chelangat of Kenya won in the female category.

Speaking to Channels Television after the race, Fikadu who is third time lucky having come 9th in 2017, 2nd last year said that the weather conditions were a bit harsh due.

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According to him, this is as a result of the scorching sun compared to the last edition where it rained.

Similarly, Chelangat, who is participating for the time also complained about the hot weather.

Speaking at the end of the game, the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalong, commended the Edo State Government for the improvements in this year’s edition.

He, however, called for more participation from the local community in subsequent editions of the competition.

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2019 Okpekpe: Registration Of Athletes To End May 22

2019 Okpekpe: Registration Of Athletes To End May 22
A file photo of athletes during the 2017 edition of the race in Edo State.


Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have fixed May 22 as the closing date for registration of athletes for the competition.

This year’s edition, which is the seventh in the series of the only IAAF Silver Label road running event in Africa, is expected to take place on May 25 in Okpekpe near Auchi, Edo state.

According to the race’s director of organisation, Zak Amodu, there will be no accreditation on race day.

“Accreditation and number pick up will begin on Thursday, May 23 and end the next day, Friday, May 24,” he said.

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“It will start at 8:00 am each day. To pick up your race number you will need to print a copy of your order confirmation email or Order No and present a form of identification (a driver’s licence, school ID, etc.)”

Amodu asked those who were unable to make it to the pick-up venue to send a third party to pick it up for them with a proper form of identification.

He said, “We feel it is important to give this registration timeline very early because of the nature of the race.

“It is an IAAF silver label race which means it is a world class race comparable to all the other silver label road races across the globe. We thus want to tidy up logistics for the administrative and technical organisation of the race very early.”

This year’s edition will be the first IAAF Silver Label 10km race of the year.

It will hold six days after the IAAF Gold Label Tata Consultancy Services World 10km in Bengaluru, India on May 19 and on the same day the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10km holds in Ottawa, Canada.

East Africans Sweep Okpekpe Road Race

East Africans Sweep Okpekpe Road RaceEthiopia’s Leul Gabreselasia has won the 10-kilometre 2017 Okpekpe International Road Race in Edo State, South-South Nigeria.

Gabreselasia finished in 29 minutes 26 seconds to also clinch the top prize of fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000).

His compatriot, Jemeh Bekele finished second in 29 minutes 34 seconds while Tanzania’s Ismail Juma ended in third position with 32 minutes 22 seconds.

Edo Set To Hold 5th Edition Of Okpekpe Road Race

All is now set for the 5th edition of the Okpekpe Road Race which is scheduled for May 13, 2017 in Okpekpe, Etsako East local government area of Edo state.

Addressing journalists at the Government House in Benin City, the Edo state capital, a team from the organising committee led by Mike Itemuagbor, disclosed that the event has seen some upgrades including a mobile app for access to competition details and the use of transponders and trackers to eliminate cheats.

He disclosed further that the 10km Okpekpe Road Race which is a bronze category event of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), will make Edo state a tourist attraction.

Itemuagbor added that athletes from 11 countries namely, Kenya, Uganda, Eritrea, Turkey, Germany, Bahrain, Morocco, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Burundi and Nigeria, are expected to participate in this year’s edition.

He assured participants of improvements in the competition particularly the VIP race.

“We want to do an effective VIP race, especially those that would run for a cause,” the committee leader stated.

On his part, the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, lauded the organisers for the innovations in the 2017 edition.

Oshiomhole Assures Edo Residents Of Continued Infrastructure Development

oshiomhole_speaksGovernor Adams Oshiomhole has assured the people of Edo State that the State Government would continue to deliver good roads, schools, and hospitals across the 3 senatorial districts of the state, including the rural areas.

The Governor made the promise while inspecting projects in Etsako West and Etsako Central Local Government Areas of the State.

The Governor, flanked by the contractors handling the project and the State Commissioner for Works, Osarodion Ogie, visited the various project sites, starting with the newly asphalted Okotokwe road, which was an erosion prone area in Jattu, where he asked the contractor to extend the drains to check the gully.

Other places visited include a network of four roads comprising NTA Road, Zakawanu Road, constructed by the State Government to check erosion in the area.

The Governor also revealed plans to dualise the Auchi-Warake Road.

Governor Oshiomhole and his team proceeded to inspect the new bridge on Imiegba Road as well as Okpekpe where he promised to extend the roads into the village.

Residents of the various communities expressed gratitude for the projects.