The Lagos State Sports Commission chairman, Dr Kweku Tandoh has revealed that the State governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the setting up of a Lagos Marathon Village at the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
Dr Tandoh while briefing journalists in the State House, Alausa said the setting up of the Marathon Village is to sustain the culture of the marathon and also serve as a rallying point in the quest by the present administration to stage mini-marathons in the five divisions of the State.
He said the Lagos Marathon which will take place February 2, 2019, is the third of its kind after Brighton and Bournemouth Marathon in the United Kingdom to earn the prestigious IAAF Bronze Label only after its second edition, which held on February 10, 2018.
He said, “It is going to serve as the headquarters for marathon races in Lagos. What we have in mind is to have sectoral marathons, Lagos Women Run is coming up next month, we have SWAN Marathon coming up in December and we also envisage that we are going to be having Epe Marathon, Ikorodu Marathon and so on.
“So we need a coordinating office under the direction of the Lagos State Sports Commission and that is the vision that led to the construction of that facility within Teslim Balogun to serve as the Lagos Marathon Village. Construction work will commence anytime from now,” Tandoh said.
> He said the Governor had also approved the constitution of a Marathon Council that would be responsible for the supervision of the 2019 Marathon and going forward.
Speaking also, the Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr Herbert Wigwe said the commitment of the State Government under the leadership of Governor Ambode has ensured that the Lagos Marathon had become an annual event on the international athletics map.
He assured that Access Bank, the major sponsors of the Lagos Marathon would continue to give its full support to the event, adding that the 2019 edition will take the event a notch higher so as to receive an IAAF Silver Label for the marathon.
In his brief remarks, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Engr. Ibrahim Gusau commended Governor Ambode for setting the pace for others to follow for others to follow in sports development, saying that the 2018 edition of the Lagos Marathon was highly rated amongst top competitions on the international calendar.