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Access Bank Lagos-City Marathon 2017: Achieving Gold Label In 2022 Is Top Priority – Organizers

. Access/Lagos City Marathon press conference

The organizers of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has reiterated their commitment to achieve the gold label status for the race latest by the 2022 edition.

Speaking at the press conference on Thursday in Lagos, General Manager of the marathon, Yusuf Alli said the major target after already achieving the bronze label in its first two editions is to ensure that the gold label is realized in five years time, which by then would be in year 2022.

“We are not relenting on our efforts to achieve the gold label latest in five years time, after securing bronze in the first two editions of the marathon. Of course, what that means is more work than what we’ve been doing in the past.

“As we get set for the next edition, which is the third, we have equally introduced the new 10 kilometer race, and believe me we are not going to relent until we achieve our goal,” he exclaimed.

In his own reaction, representative of Governor Ambode and Chairman Lagos Sports Commission, Mr. Ayodeji Tinubu said the state government is ready to continue giving necessary backing to the marathon.

“It is a good course we have started, top athletes are fighting to come to Lagos, the marathon is putting Lagos on the world map, why won’t we come out to back it. It’s a partnership that works and will continue to grow bigger.”

Also reacting on the level achievement so far in the two previous editions, Access Bank PLC Group Managing Director, Herbert Wigwe  restated the sponsors commitment to continue in their sponsorship.

“By February 2018, it makes three years that we entered into partnership with the state government. A state of over 20 million people, shows it is the largest city in Africa. We are extremely proud of what we’ve achieved, and so far we’ve gotten the bronze label. Now we’ll start building for the silver label and the best way is to begin with the third edition.

We will continue to support and sponsor the marathon. For this year we’ve also included the 10 kilometer race, and there are two brand new GAC jeep to be won at the 10 kilometer race. In the actual sense, security, health care and other necessary things have to be put in place,” he concluded.

 

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