Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon Will Be Best Organized Race In Nigeria - Odulaja - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon Will Be Best Organized Race In Nigeria - Odulaja

Dr. Kehinde Oluwadare, Ogun Sports Commissioner (middle) flanked by Hon. Bukola Olopade (right) and Mr. Tunde Odulaja 

ABEOKUTA - The Chairman, Local Organizing Committee of 2021 Airtel Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon, Mr. Tunde Odulaja has assured the Athletic Federation and Nilayo Sports Management of hosting the best ever marathon race in the country. 


The marathon race billed to hold tomorrow in Ijebu-Ode have in attendance over 40 elite athletes from other African countries. 


Speaking at a World Press Conference on Friday heralding the kick off tomorrow, Odulaja noted that, Ijebu people are noted for rich culture and hospitality which has become the symbol heritage of the region. 


Mr. Odulaja who commended Nilayo Sports Management for bringing the race to Ogun East, stressed that, the race would serve as talent hunt for Ijebu youths to discover their athletics skills. 


He assured that, the marathon will serve as eye opener for the youths and will produce many international athletes competing at the next Olympic Games. 


According to him, with lots of youths restiveness in the country due to high rate of unemployment, the race would become a yearly culture that wil engage the youths from other social vices. 


Also speaking, the Commissioner for Youths and Sports in Ogun state, Dr. Kehinde Oluwadare who hinged Nigeria's security challenges to youths restiveness, commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for engaging the youths through job creation, skill acquisition programmes and sports empowerment. 


The Sports commissioner noted that, sports as one of the five cardinal programmes of the present administration in the state has yielded positive results in the last two years. 


Responding, the CEO, Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Organizer of Ijebu Heritage Half Marathon, Hon. Bukola Olopade alluded the success of the previous races in the state to Governor Dapo Abiodun's vision for sports development in the state. 


Olopade maintained that, Nilayo Sports Management would continue to promote athletics sports in the state.

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