The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), IAAF have given reasons why it accorded the Okpekpe international 10km road race a silver label.

The race was just elevated from a bronze to a silver label race.

Alessio Punzi,the IAAF Road Running Manager in an email sent to the promoter of the race, Mike Itemuagbor recognised the role played by the event's organisers to promote elite road running in Nigeria and the West Africa region.

''In recognition of the role played by your event for the promotion of elite road racing in your region, and of your efforts towards the improvement of the technical aspects of the event, the IAAF is happy to inform you that the Okpekpe Road Race 10KM is upgraded to IAAF Silver Label status for 2018,'wrote Punzi in the email following the application for an upgrade from a bronze to a sliver label race submitted by the organisers.

The Okpekpe international 10km road race is the first road race to be granted a label status by the IAAF and it is the only IAAF silver label race in the African continent following the elevation of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon to a gold label status early this year.

The sixth edition of the race will hold on Saturday May 12,2018 at Okpekpe near Auchi in Etsako East local government area of Edo state.

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