The Chairman, Anambra Sports Development Commission, Patrick-Estate Onyedum, has hailed the organisers of the first Aguata 21-km marathon race.
Onyedum made the commendation in a speech at the event, held on Wednesday at Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra.
He described the idea of organising a marathon, which is a uniting event in the council, as unique.
He further commended the Chairman of the Council, Mr Chibueze Ofobuike, for his ingenuity in organising the event.
He urged him to continue to promote sports at that level.
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“Usually, what we are used to during this period is football, football and football.
“But today, we are witnessing a marathon,” Onyedum said.
He expressed delight with the turnout of persons for the competition.
“The turnout is impressive, both young and old.
“But, I am more impressed by the presence of women, mothers who came around to run.
“I thank them for their effort,” he said.
Onyedum called on other local government councils “to borrow a leaf from Aguata”.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the race kicked off at Ekwuluobia Roundabout through Ekwuluobia -Ezinifite – Uga – Nkpologwu communities back to the takeoff point.
The first, second and third place winners got N1 million, N500,000 and N300,000, respectively.
The women got N150,000 consolation prize for participating.
In a brief remark, the Council Chairman thanked partners, participants and dignitaries, who attended the event “for keying into the programme”. (NAN)