Armed Forces of Nigeria and
other security agencies are set
to hold a median edition of
half marathon championship
scheduled to hold in Abuja on
April 29.
Chairman of the organising
committee, Maj-Gen.
Sardauna Davis told defence
correspondents during a press
briefing yesterday that the Chief
of Defence Staff, General Gabriel
Olonisakin, who is the initiator
of the championship, said it was
aimed at fostering and solidifying
relationship between the military
and other security forces, as well
as keep fit, especially in the wake
of current security challenges
facing the country.
He stressed that the CDS saw
it necessary to unify the security
forces through sports.
According to General Davis,
the Nigerian Army, Navy,
Air Force and other security
agencies, including the Nigeria
Police, Immigration, Civil
Defence, Prisons, Customs, Road
Safety, and the Fire Service will
take part in the championship.The organisers said they
had involved the Athletic
Federation of Nigeria, AFN,
in the planning and execution
of the event to give it an
international background and
General Davis revealed: “In
fact, we had involved AFN
so that they can bring to us
some of the marathoners,
who will guide us but AFN
has confirmed to us that
all the athletes are within
the armed forces and other
security agencies. We are
taking our time to ensure that
the championship meets the
international standard.”
He said the start point for the
marathon race was the Abuja
National Stadium, and that the
participants would go through
Mabushi, Kado overhead
bridge, through Tipper Garage,
Lungi, Mabila Barracks
through to AYA and end at
Mogadishu Cantonment.
One hundred and twenty
athletes are to participate in the
championship and out of the
number, 20 are to be veterans
while 100 would active
The organisers assured that
the 21.5kilomitre race would
not obstruct traffic.