Okpekpe Road Race earns IAAF clean bill of health

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have given the fourth IAAF bronze label Okpekpe international 10km road race held last May in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state of Nigeria a clean bill of health following the negative dope tests recorded at the one-day meeting.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole (1) taking part in the Okpekpe Road Race Disclosing this in Lagos at the weekend,Dare Esan,the spokesman for the only IAAF recognised international road race in Nigeria and one of only two labelled road races in Africa this year alongside the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon which holds later this month in Cape Town,South Africa revealed that the result of the doping control carried out on May 7 when the fourth edition of the Okpekpe race was held have returned an all negative result.

‘This is not only a good development for the sport,it is equally a big plus for the organisers of the race,’ said Esan,an IAAF recognised journalist who has covered eight editions of the IAAF flagship event,the World Championships in Athletics. ‘In an era where doping is damaging the sports generally,a high profile race like the Okpekpe international 10km road race has restored some confidence in the sport of track and field,’Esan further said and admitted organisers of the race had no control over the athletes who competed at the race.

But we have control chow we organise the race,especially the doping control which the IAAF ranks as one of the most important aspects of an international road race like the Okpkekpe race.The chairman of Pamodzi sports marketing,originator and organisers of the race,Mr Mike Itemuagbor was clear about the doping issue from the start and spared no expense in getting not only the most qualified Nigerian but also a very honest man in person of Dr Akin Amao to head the unit.He also ensured everything was done in accordance with IAAF regulations not only on doping but all aspects of the race including timing.

So athletes coming for the race were aware there could be no short cut to success.And the result is that for the fourth consecutive editions the Okpekpe international 10km road race have been dope free.This is the message we are sending accros to athletes intending to participate in the fifth edition next year,’he said.

Esan also revealed that organisers of the race have submitted the race report to the IAAF including the request for an upgrade into a silver label.

We fulfilled all the conditions the IAAF listed for a silver label race last May even though it was a bronze label race and I am very confident the fifth edition of the race will be a silver label race,the first in Nigeria and West Africa,’he added. Kenyan duo of Simon Cheprot and   Polline Wanjiku emerged winners in the respective men and women categories.

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2016 Okpekpe road race: It’s so emotional, my last as a sitting Governor – Oshiomhole

TWO Kenyans, Simon Cheprot and Polline Wanjiku Njeru have won this year’s Okpekpe 10 kilometres race in the male and female categories respectively.

They went home with $15,000 prize money each after finishing in a record time of 29min: 48sec and 33min: 53sec respectively. The silver medals went to Ismail Juma Ballet of Tanzania who finished in a record time of 29min: 50sec and Esther Ndiema of Kenya in 33min: 55sec with a prize money of $10,000 each.

The third position went to Timothy Toroitich of Uganda at 29min: 54sec; and Buzunesh Gutalshor of Ethiopia who finished in 33min: 58sec with a  prize money of $7,000 each. Read more “2016 Okpekpe road race: It’s so emotional, my last as a sitting Governor – Oshiomhole”

Okpekpe Road Race: Pam, Shehu emerge top Nigerian finishers

Adamu Shehu, with a time of 32.15 seconds, and Deborah Pam, with 38.18 seconds, were the first Nigerians to cross the finishing line in the fourth edition of the Okpekpe 10 kilometres held Saturday in Edo State, South-South Nigeria.

While Adamu is claiming his first in Okpekpe, Pam who hails from Jos, showed that she was the Queen of Road Racing in Nigeria as her triumph meant she won two editions of the Okpekpe race which last year became the first IAAF Bronze labelled race in West African.

Meanwhile, Kenyans’ dominance continued on Saturday at the fourth edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race as compatriots, Simon Cheprot and Wanjiku Njeru claimed the top prizes at the IAAF Bronze Label Road Race. Read more “Okpekpe Road Race: Pam, Shehu emerge top Nigerian finishers”


One of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners Dr Akinwunmi Amao has been named as the chief anti-doping officer for next month’s fourth Okpekpe International 10-km road race in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.

Dr Amao, formerly head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Sports will be in-charge of doping control at the race that will be conducted in accordance with the IAAF Anti-Doping Regulations.



As many as eight countries will participate in next month’s fourth Okpekpe international 10km road race in Okpekpe, Auchi in Edo state.
In a statement by the spokesman for the race, Dare Esan Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Israel, Uganda, Morocco, Bahrain and of course Nigeria will participate in the IAAF Bronze label race scheduled for the seventh of next month. Read more “EIGHT COUNTRIES CONFIRMED FOR OKPEKPE ROAD RACE”