Foreign Athletes Laud Ogun Govt Over Investments On Roads Infrastructure - EDU-BIZNEWS


Saturday, September 9, 2023

Foreign Athletes Laud Ogun Govt Over Investments On Roads Infrastructure

Athletes from China, Ethiopia, and Kenya who participated in the just concluded Lotus Bank/Abeokuta 10Km race have showered encomium on  the Ogun State Government for its huge  investment on good road network, especially in the state capital 

The athletes including Kenyan Peter Mwaniki who emerged winner with  28:33 seconds alongside second placed Kennedy Kipyeko and third placed, Abraham Akobeche in an interview with Sports writers on the finished line of the marathon race  at Ake Palace,  expressed their delight at the quality of roads in Ogun State, saying it made the race much more easier and enjoyable.

According to Peter Mwaniki, the overall winner, the smooth road network enhanced his mobility.

"The roads are very good, and it made the race much easier for me and increased my mobility. I am very impressed with the infrastructure in Ogun State."

A Chinese runner from Hong Kong, Mark Chen agreed, saying that the good roads had helped him to achieve her best time in the marathon.

"I am very happy with my performance today," he said. 

"The roads were very good, and it helped me to run my best time. I will like to come here again for another marathon race".

The Deputy Governor of the State, Noimot Salako-Oyedele congratulated all the Athletes and assured that the government would  continue to invest heavily in youth sports. 

"It's an opportunity for people to start to look for a career in sport. His excellency is committed to youth development. As we look forward to 2024, that Ogun state will be hosting the National Sport Festival, we also call upon youths to support our local organizing committee to participate and also be spectators."

The 10km race is an international event held annually by Nilayo Sports Management.

This year's edition, according to the Project Manager, Seyi Johnson was held as part of activities marking the 80th birthday of the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.

The race, which commenced from the Onikolobo area of Abeokuta, saw over 2,000 local and international athletes passing through the Panseke, Ibara, Isale-Igbein, Sapon, Itoko, Arinlese en route Saje, Kugba, Adatan, Isale-Ake and terminated at the Alake's palace in Ake as the finished line.

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