WORLD Athletics Governing body, International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), has conferred the IAAF bronze label status on the Okpekpe 10km Road Race, which holds annually in Edo State, Nigeria.

In a release sent by IAAF, the body commended the organisers for staging hitch-free tournaments in the last two years, while urging them to adhere to the rules and regulations guiding the new status. 

 The release states: “We have reviewed your application for an IAAF Road Race Label. We are pleased to inform you that your race has been awarded a Bronze Label for 2015. We remind you that all requirements included in the Road Race Label Regulations must be met in order to be considered for an IAAF Label the following year.”

The maiden edition of Okpekpe International Road Race was organised by the Edo State government under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomole in 2013.  

Since inception, more than 200 top athletes from across the globe have been part of the race, which Moses Massai of Kenya won the maiden edition in a time of 29 minutes, 39 seconds.