Winners of Abuja City International half marathon to get prize money within 24 hours – Olopade

The winners of Abuja City International half marathon can be rest assured that their account will be credited within 24 hours after the race.

Speaking at the press briefing in Abuja Friday afternoon to herald the marathon, Chief Execuitve Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Chief Bukola Olopade, the organiser of the race disclosed that winners will receive their money within the stipulated time.

He announced that the prize money ranges from $5,000 to $1,000 for the international runners who are mainly from East Africa with Kenya and Ethiopia dominating.

According to him, local athletes from Nigeria who braze the tape will get N1 million, N750,000, N500,000 and N300,000 down the line respectively.

While all participants in the race will also get a certificate of participation whether winning prize or not.

Olopade also commended the bank’s efforts at sports development, promising that the marathon will be well organized and devoid of fraudulent malpractices.

Technical Director of the race who also doubles as the Chairman of Edo State Sports Commission, Yusuf Ali, disclosed that the race has zero tolerance for cheating.

“There is no way you can cheat here and go scot-free. We have positioned camera in strategic places to monitor the routes. Also, we have certified IAAF officials in our midst to monitor development,” he said.

He insisted that the race will be of international standard and that the World Athletics has already promised that if the race is well organised, it will be upgraded to a label race from the second edition which he said has not happened before anywhere in the world.

According to him, in order to ensure the race meets international standard, he’s already in touch with top five male and female athletes from around the world who will be part of the race, expressing hope that it will be upgraded to bronze label in the second edition.

While official of the bank highlighted the bank’s giant stride in the sports sector.

“At the Bank, we are not new to sports. In 2022, we won the Bank of the Year Sports Development Award and in the same year we were also the lead sponsor of the National Sports Festival (NSF).

“The bank also signed a three year sponsorship agreement with Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) and sponsored Bayelsa Queens to Morocco for the African Women’s Champions League,” he said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Chief Tonobok Okowa, gave assurance that the race will be one of the best organised long distance races in the country, assuring that the caliber of people behind the race knows their onions.

On his own, Director of s5ports, FCT, Istafanus Lukas, said the seriousness and professionalism on the part of the organiser gladdens his heart and this is the first time that the City will be witnessing a proper and well organised marathon.

There was good will messages from former AFN president, Chief Solomon Ogba and several other stakeholders.

The marathon holds on Saturday, April 20, starting at the City Gate in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.