Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Obudu LOC Ready To Host The World

Organisers of the annual Obudu international mountain race has re-affirmed their determination to host another successful event come this Saturday when the 6th edition of the championships holds at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu, Cross River state.
LOC Chairman, William Archibong, said in Calabar on Monday that all the logistics for a hitch-free competition have been put in place and that the state Governor Liyel Imoke is pulling all the stops to make this year's edition the best ever.
'Every logistics has been taken care of by the LOC for the race. His Excellency,Governor Imoke is happy with the progress we have made both in the technical organisation of the race and the travel and accommodation of all participants. The experience we have garnered since the inaugural edition was held six years ago has come in handy', said a delighted Archibong who has been the head of the LOC since 2005.
'I am happy that we will be having a world class cast storm Obudu this Saturday to compete for the title and cash on offer. This is a confirmation that the organisation of the race has been world class', he said.
Archibong's sentiments was echoed by Patrick Ugbe, the chief press secretary to Cross River state Governor, Liyel Imoke who believes the interest shown and support given by the Governor has been the driving force behind the successes recorded over the years by the LOC.
'Without doubt the tremendous backing we have received from His Excellency has galvanised us into organising what the president of world mountain running association, Bruno Gozzelino has called a perfect race so far. We can only get better and want to assure Nigerians that we shall continue to project Nigeria in positive light to the rest of the world through a perfect organisation of the annual Obudu international mountain race. This is a perfect image laundering tool for Nigeria and His Excellency is delighted to be at the vanguard of getting the outside world to know there are far better good things coming out of Nigeria than the negative reports in the international media', he said.
This year's race will comprise the 6th edition of the individual race and the 2nd edition of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship.It will also witness the addition of the women's version of the African Nations Mountain Running Championship that is the first edition of the Championships.
A total of 207 athletes have been confirmed for the 3-in-1 race,out of which 131 are Nigerians,and 76 are foreigners, comprising of athletes from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Colombia, Austria, Israel, Egypt, and Cameroun.

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