From Eyo Charles, Calabar
The Cross River Sports Council in concert with the Universal Youth Fellowship, a faith based group, will organise a 10 kilometre international marathon race in Calabar.
The race is billed to hold on July 20, 2019. The exercise will start off from and end at the UJ Esuene Stadium.
International chairman of the Universal Youth Fellowship, His Grace Archbishop Tom Inyanf Akpan said in a statement that the first prize winners in the male and female categories will go home with N1 million apiece.
The Archbishop said that the race is opened to budding youths in the country and tested athletes from abroad, addinf that increasing number of interested participants were already purchasing the registration forms from designated places in the state.
According to him, the race will be international in scope as they were already receiving indications of interest from athletes from the United Kingdom, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Cameroon and Uganda.
“Intending participants in this event which has taken a global outlook as both the Government of Cross Rivers state and the Athletics bodies have endorsed it and working tirelessly to make it an international event, should pick up their participation and medical forms”, he said
He stressed that, “There will be a clinical medical assessment of all athletes 3 days before the marathon. Only registered and medically cleared athletes will be allowed to participate”.