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Sanwo-Olu pledges to intensify support for Lagos City Marathon

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By Funmilola Gboteku

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said his administration will continue to support the Lagos City Marathon to maintain healthy lives among residents of the state.

The governor made this known on Saturday during the Access Bank Lagos City 2021 marathon.

Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said the marathon should be encouraged because it is a way to stay healthy.

He noted that the marathon started six years ago and helped promote tourism and the development of the state, adding that the Lagos City Marathon was important for everyone and needed. to continue.

The governor urged the people of Lagos to aspire to do better during the race, as participation in the marathon required a lot of dedication.

While assessing the marathon’s compliance with the COVID-19 protocol, Sanwo-Olu said the event was a success, noting that the event should have taken place before now.

“The race which started at 6.30am from the national stadium, Surulere and the finish point in Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island Lagos, had 300 expected participants, 85 international elites and 105 Nigerian elites.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the highlight of the marathon was the emergence of Emmanuel Naibei, a Kenyan in first place, while Daresa Geleta and Demiso Legese Gudeta both Ethiopians, taking second and third respectively. positions, in the male category.

In the women’s category, Meseret Dinke, an Ethiopian, appeared in first place, with Istifanus Peter Mahan becoming the first Nigerian to finish the race.

In his remarks, the group’s managing director, Access Bank Plc., Mr. Herbert Wigwe, said that the Lagos City Marathon saw more than 50,000 participants from different African countries each year.

He noted that compared to other years, the 2021 edition of the marathon had the lowest participation rate of 300 participants.

Wigwe said the low turnout was not due to reduced interest, but the need to follow strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all participants.

“We are forced to maintain the rules of social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

Wigwe said the current scientific breakthrough gave the organization hope, adding that 2022 would see more people return to the slopes. (NOPE)

(NAN)

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