The race’s director of organisation, Zack Amodu yesterday disclosed that “we have subscribed to a third party liability insurance policy to cover the risks for which we may be held liable, including any accident which might occur to athletes and officials.”
He added that the choice of STACO was based on the company’s track record, saying, “This is one of the conditions we have to fulfill before we can stage an IAAF label road race.
“On our part, we have always subscribed to a third party insurance policy for the race since the inaugural edition in 2013. We understand the importance of insurance in the organisation of a race as big as the Okpekpe 10km event and that is why we have gone for an Insurance company owned by Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their various business endeavours and manned by seasoned professionals who have proven integrity in the Nigerian Insurance Industry.”
Amodu is confident of an accident-free race next month in Okpekpe, but reiterates that Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the race, is not leaving any stone unturned at ensuring another seamless technical and administrative organisation of the event.
Meanwhile organisers say the May 5 deadline for registration of athletes for the event will not be extended.“Entry form and other documents must be received by the deadline date and entries mailed after the deadline date will not be accepted,” warned Amodu.
The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).