Channels TV CEO, John Momoh, has offered cash prizes for the top three men and women athletes of North Ibie origin at the fourth edition of the International Association of Athletics Federation’s Okpekpe International 10km road race, which holds on Saturday May 7 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.
Momoh, a son of North Ibie and owner of Channels Television, will offer N.6m as prize monies to the top three men and women at the race with the first going home with N150,000 while the second and third place finishers will go home with N100,000 and N50,000 respectively for both men and women.
North Ibie comprises Okpekpe Clan and the Three Ibie Clans of Imiegba, Imiakebu and Itsukwi of Etsako East Local Government Area, Edo State.
These prizes, according to organisers of the only IAAF-labelled road race in West Africa, are to pave a way for these communities that are of the same historical background besides their common Ibie language, to encourage and motivate them.
“We are coming up with these new prizes to encourage and lure the host communities into embracing the race and stimulating their interest in road running,” the Director of Organisation for the race Zakari Amodu, said.
Race owner, Pamodzi Sports Marketing, is also planning to introduce a camp in Okpekpe where national athletes will camp for training. This is also aimed at spurring Okpekpe youths that are interested in the sport to also practice.
Amodu said the event would run strictly in accordance with the IAAF Competition Rules and those of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria.
“We have concluded arrangements for doping control and this will also be done according to IAAF rules,” he said.