The president of the African Association of Ultra Runners, Chief Solomon Ogba, has commended the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, for his giant strides towards sports development in just a few months after getting into office.
The former president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) was full of plaudits for the governor for accepting to host the first ever African Ultra Race Championship in Ogun State.
“The Ogun State Government has been so supportive and has given us all the cooperation to ensure a successful hosting of the African Championship on December 7, 2019.
“Dapo Abiodun, showed us great understanding of his knowledge about sports development. This has spurred us on to strongly believe that, the Valuejet Remo 50km Ultra Race would in a very short time become one of the best in the world, especially as Ogun State is hosting the very first edition in the African continent.”
Ogba, who is currently a board member of the AFN, noted that, the success of the first edition of the JAC Motors Abeokuta 10km Road Race on November 2, 2019 was a great indicator that the December 7, 2019 Valuejet 50km Remo Ulta Race will be a huge success.
“The president of the International Association of Ultra Runners, Nadeem Khan, came from the United States of America to witness the Abeokuta 10km Road Race, and he was marvelled at the commitment of the Ogun State government towards sports development.
“Nadeem Khan, has also inspected the Remo Ultra Race route in Sagamu, which he described as one of the best he has seen in the world in recent times, and he’s optimistic that, come December 7, 2019, the 50km Ultra Race in Ogun State will record monumental achievements that will send great messages out to the world about the viability of the state in sports development.”
Over 10,000 runners from across the African continent, especially from Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Ghana, Tanzania, Morocco, Tunisia and Nigeria will compete in the First Valuejet Remo 50km Ultra Race African Championship. The event in Remo is the first time in the world that runners will win cash prizes in the Ultra Marathon/ Race since it started in 1984.
The African Championship would see top countries including Nigeria battle for honours in both the team and individual events.
Aside from the 50km individual and team events, there is also the 5km Fun Race for non-professionals.