Edo State governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has given the Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, a rough tackle saying the latter is not really committed to development of sports in the country.
Governor Oshiomhole could not understand why a Minister superintending Sports would be absent at a grassroots event such as the 4th Okpekpe 10kilometre Road Race held in Edo state on Saturday when he was duly invited.
The Okpekpe race is an annual international marathon event that parades long distance star athletes from across Africa.
Oshiomhole could not hide his feelings that the Sports Minister was conspicuously absent.
He said, “Today, we don’t have the privilege of hosting the Minister and I think that was a shame. Nigerians in rural area are the forgotten majority, the minister must not sit in the comfort of an office and sermonise sports.
“We must live by example, that’s why I came to show that when those young men are running, we elders can run too.”
However, Adamu Shehu, with a time of 32.15 seconds and Deborah Pam, with 38.18 seconds, were the first Nigerians to cross the finish line in the fourth edition of the Okpekpe 10 kilometres held Saturday in Edo State, South-South Nigeria.
While Adamu is claiming his first in Okpekpe, Pam who hails from Jos, showed that she was the Queen of Road Racing in Nigeria as her triumph meant she won two editions of the Okpekpe race which last year became the first IAAF Bronze labelled race in West African nation better known for her sprints, jumps and field events in Athletics.
Meanwhile, Kenyans’ dominance continued on Saturday at the fourth edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race as compatriots, Simon Cheprot and Wanjiku Njeru claimed the top prizes at the Road Race.
This is the third time in the four editions that Kenyans will be recording a double and for the duo of Cheprot and Njeru, it was another worthy addition to the Kenya collection.


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