President Olusegun Obasanjo is to partake in the second edition of the Onitsha City Marathon (OCM) scheduled to hold on September 25 at Onitsha in Anambra State, an official involved in the preparations for the event disclosed on Monday.
Philip Balepo, the Head of Media and Publicity of OCM, disclosed this in a statement issued in Awka, the Anambra State capital.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the maiden edition of the Onitsha City Marathon was held on Oct. 5, 2019 as the first international marathon South-East of Nigeria.
It had participants from more than 25 international and 700 Nigerian marathoners.
Balepo said Obasanjo, who was appointed the Grand Patron of OCM, had last weekend endorsed the marathon.
He quoted Obasanjo, who received the OCM Organising Committee in his abode, as saying he would personally flag off the race in Onitsha in September.
“The act of exercise is good for the body and soul, which has been part of the former President’s daily routine.
“The elder statesman has accepted to be the Grand Patron of Onitsha City Marathon,” he said in signifying the claim that Obasanjo had accepted the invitation.
“He expressed his concern and support for OCM and Nigerians who take special interest in the physical fitness, especially the youths.”
Balepo added that the 2021 edition of OCM would come with a lot of goodies, making it far better than the initial edition.
“We will have some board games, like scrabble, chess, Ayo and checkers for schools, as well as a bicycle race,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the OCM is an initiative of the Onitsha Business School, under the leadership of Prof. Olusegun Sogbesan.
It has the aim of discovering and harnessing the abundant sports talents of the teeming youths of Onitsha metropolis. (NAN)