By Akeem Busari
Nilayo Sports Management Limited, organisers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Great Abeokuta 10KM Race, Valuejet IAU African Championships among other races across the country, have announced the Ijebu International Half Marathon, a Half Marathon holding in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
Hon.Bukola Olopade, the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management limited said, “we are very excited about organising another international road race in Ogun state.
” The Ijebu International Half Marathon is a 21 Kilometre race, the route will start from the newly constructed Epe-Ijebu road and will end at the Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium.
“The Ijebu International Half Marathon was motivated by Ijebu Heritage Club. The club is an outstanding community of Ijebu Ode sons and daughters who thought it wise to have an international marathon in Ijebu land.”
Ogun State Commissioner for Youth & Sports, Dr. Oluwadare Kehinde, reiterated the commitment of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun to increasing the capacity of Ogun state youths.
He said, “When the idea of the Ijebu International Half Marathon 2021 was first introduced, everybody attested to the timeliness and necessity of the event at a time like this. This is because the Government of His Excellency, Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun MFR, is favourably disposed to ideas aimed at increasing the capacity of Ogun State Youths.
It would be recalled that year 2020, with its attendant twists and turns placed an unfavourable restriction on sports and sporting developments worldwide. Therefore, not much was recorded in areas of sports throughout last year. This interregnum placed most athletes and sports lovers on physical and psychological fatigue.
“The Ijebu International Half Marathon 2021 has therefore created an enabling environment to put on our sporting shoes and invigorate our muscles. In this connection, the 2021 edition is not a sporting event to miss for all discerning athletes and sports lovers,” he added.
Dr. Kehinde commended Nilayo Sports Management Limited for putting up the race at this crucial moment. As he enjoined all participants to take the race in the spirit of friendship and camaraderie, whilst keeping to all laid down health rules, safety standards and precautions.
“This race will open a new vista of opportunities for runners in Ogun state, as the race will also greatly spotlight the importance of health and fitness in Ijebu Ode and its environs, added Mr. Sulaiman Adebayo, the Head Communications and Media, Ijebu International Half Marathon.
Ijebu International Half Marathon which is expected to hold in July, 2021, is greatly supported by the Ogun state government. And it would also feature a 5 Kilometre race for fun runners.