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Lagos City marathon eyes IAAF gold label by 2020

Following its Bronze Label award by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) a week ago, Lagos City marathon are targeting a gold label by year 2020.

The recognition by the world athletics body came months after a successful organization of a second edition which saw a total of 100,000 athletes from 27 country particpate last February.

But the organizers are gunning for more, as general manager of the event, Yusuf Alli, believes with the support of the state governor, the race can reach a worldwide peak.

“This is a worthy feat and I must confess that it would not have been possible without the vision and support of our Chairman, His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,” Alli said of the Bronze label award.

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“The Lagos City Marathon has not only become Africa’s foremost one-day event, it joined the league of the best marathons in the world like New York, London Berlin, Tokyo and others by being awarded an IAAF Label.”

Preparations for the third edition which hold early next year are already underway, as Alli revealed that the target for 2018 is the IAAF Silver Label which he believes is achievable.

He went on to say, “to get the Gold Label, all we need do is increase our elite field, build a world-class media station at finish, complete closure of route to vehicular movement and others.

“I know with the support of our amiable Chairman, Governor Ambode, we will achieve the Gold Label by our fifth edition.”

 

 

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