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We’re ahead of our target – Alli

The General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yusuf Alli, has said the organisers are ahead of their target after achieving the Bronze Label status within two years of existence as they look forward to Gold Label soon. Speaking at a press conference heralding the third edition of the 42.1km race, Alli said the organising body was putting everything in place to achieve another world-class event this weekend.

“The race is the second to attain bronze label status within two years in the whole world,” Alli said. “We are already ahead of ourselves because the target is to achieve gold label status in five years. However, we are appealing to more sponsors to come on board so as to achieve this. “We are also ready to set record of over 200,000 athletes at the start. We appreciate the acceptance and interest of Lagosians.” Speaking at the conference, the chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, said the target of achieving Gold Label status was not just a dream, but work was going on to make it a reality.

He revealed that this year’s event would witness a lot of firsts, one of which would be the 10km race and also the increment in numbers of sponsors. Tandoh said: “This has put more focus Lagos as the host state and having other great artist’s like Sound Sultan is part of exposing the state with regards to His Excellency’s goal of showcassing the city as a mega state through tourism, entertainment and sports.

“I want to use this opportunity to applaud the commitment of the project consultant, Nilayo Nigeria Ltd, for its dedication, commitment and hardwork and also Access Bank for its support.” In his own remarks, the president of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria, Ibrahim Gusau, said the federation was committed to the race and personally would be running on Saturday while calling on Nilayo Nigeria Ltd to replicate the race in other part of the country. Others present at the briefing were the director of Access Bank Plc, Victor Etuoku, Chairman of GAC Motors, Diana Chan and Senior Brand Manager, SevenUp Bottling Company, Segun Ogunleye among others.

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