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Confederation of African Athletics back Lagos City Marathon

12 January 2016, 20:37Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Confederation of African Athletics have thrown its full weight behind the Lagos City Marathon billed for February 6, 2016.

Chairman Lagos State Sports Commission Deji Tinubu made the revelation in a briefing in Lagos on Tuesday.

Tinubu, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos City Marathon said he has received a letter of permission from the CAA to host the marathon, adding that same letter is being expected from the International Athletics Federation.

He explained that arrangement is in a conclusion stage as all necessary agencies is getting ready.

Also read: Lagos City Marathon organizers call for volunteers

“In line with the international rule, we’ve gone round the marathon route and all the water points, security points, medical points, everything have been noted and various agencies have also visited.

“We’ve also have written to the Ministry of Health, ministry of information, ministry of environment, safety commission, ministry of transportation, Tourism, Local Government, Lagos State Signs and Advertising Agency, the Nigeria Police, and am happy to say that every single one of them have committed one hundred and one percent to make the marathon a huge success.

“The ministry of transportation had a drive test-run of the marathon route, also the LASTMA for an appraisal of traffic management and control of traffic during and after the marathon.

“We have 30 confirmed male international athletes and 11 female international athletes.”

Organisers have announced that the winners of both the men and women’s events will go home with $50 000 each, while second and third place finishers will take $40 000 and $30 000 respectively.

The top 20 Nigerians will also be rewarded win cash prizes starting from N1 million, while the second and third positions will settle for N750 000 and N500 000 respectively.

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