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World champion, others confirmed for Okpekpe Race

World champion, Aziz Lahbabi of Morocco, and eleven foreign athletes have indicated interest in participating in the forthcoming 10km Road Race slated for May 3 in Okpekpe, Edo State.

Some of the athletes expected at the second edition of the event are Edwin Cheruiyo of Kenya and Deriba Merga of Ethiopia.

The others are Morocco’s Hassan Elabbasi, Birhanu Kiploma of Ethiopia and Abraham Kiplomo who won the 2014 Beppu-Oita Marathon.

The winner of the 2013 Paaderbm Half Marathon, Ghirmey Ghebreslassie, is also expected at the road race which attracts a cash prize of $50,000.

In the women’s category, silver medallist, Ruth Aga of Ethiopia, will be competing for the cash prize of $50,000 earmarked for the event. Others are Belaynesh Olijra of Ethiopia, Rkia El Moukim of Morocco, Name Jebesa of Ethiopia and Violah Jepchuba.

Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, has announced that this year’s race is going to be an improvement of last year’s maiden edition.

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