The organisers of the maiden National Speed Marathon (NSM) 2020 for skaters say there will be over N11 million cash prizes for the winners of the event scheduled for January.
The Director of Event, Adebowale Adetoroye, told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday that there would be other consolation prizes aside the cash.
“For the prize money for the male category, the 1st prize is N3 million, 2nd prize winner will take N2 million and 3rd prize winner goes home with N1 million.
“In the female category, the 1st prize winner gets N2.5 million; 2nd prize winner grabs N1.5 million, while the 3rd prize winner will be rewarded with N1 million
“There will be consolation prizes for the first 50 runner-ups as well,’’ he said.
Adetoroye said that the NSM 2020 would attract skaters from across the country and Africa at large, adding that the competition had be fashioned in line with what is obtainable in Europe and America.
“The National Speed Marathon is a full skating marathon course, designed to showcase the skills, frills and thrills of the exciting sport.
“Being the maiden event in Nigeria, it is organised like similar skating marathons held in other parts of the world like Europe, America and Africa.
“Skating is a new and refreshing sport which is designed to promote and harness the already generated public interest for the promotion of corporate and business interest.
“ It was conceived as a national event with plans to be hosted annually across the 36 states of the federation, including Abuja,’’ he said.
Adetoroye said that the 42.5km speed race NSM to be held in Lagos would have male and female categories.
“The National Speed Marathon will hold in Lagos on Jan. 18, 2020. It is a 42.5 km speed race expected to parade 5,000 athletes across Nigeria which will include both male and female participants.
“This event shall feature participants from African countries and guests athletes from Europe.
“The idea to hold the first edition of NSM in Lagos as the city of choice is based on our strong conviction that the competition holds tremendous social, sports, tourism and economic potentialities for the state,’’ he said.
Adetoroye said that the route for the all-important event would be announced in November, adding that it would be an interesting race for skaters.
“The NSM route will be announced on Nov. 4. It covers 42.5 km, carefully planned to traverse some of the interesting landmark sites in the city.
“The route is deliberately chosen to showcase some of the beautiful sites in Lagos, a city said to be the 5th largest economy in Africa.
“We have partnered with Rotary International to raise awareness for prostate cancer through Rotary RAG (Rotarian Action Group for Prostate Cancer); and our theme is: `Skate Against Cancer’,’’ he said.
On the impact of the race on sports development in the country, Adetoroye said that it would provide immense opportunity for skaters to unleash their talents.
“We have to organise this tournament to showcase the fun and excitement of this sport; discover the talents, speed and agility of Nigerian skaters and promote the sport in order to harness its social and economic benefits.
“We also aim to place value on the sport; turn our skaters from local skaters to professional skaters and make them contribute to our society and economic development.
“This tournament will provide a platform for credible and sustainable partnership between the sport and brands.
“NSM is also envisaged as an event that will serve as a platform to train and expose talented skaters that could represent Nigeria in similar competitions across the world, especially the Olympics,’’ he said.
Adetoroye added that organising the NSM would upscale the growing interest for speed sport and harness the immense social and economic benefits of the sport.
“The event provides a platform to combine sport and play as a critical learning and development tool for youth engagement. It is a perfect event to brand Lagos and several cities in Nigeria, on the global skating map.
“We also want to provide an alternative platform for sports and tourism in the state. The NSM will give a lifetime opportunity to our youths to achieve their dream in skating.
“It is said that the amount of time our youths spend on sporting activities is less the time they spend in crime.
“If youths are constructively engaged, crime rates in our society will be reduced to the barest minimum. Registration Fee per Skater is N3,000,’’ he said.
(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)https://nnn.ng/national-speed-marathon-2020-organisers-table-over-n11m-for-grabs/