Aba Half Marathon 2016 edition cancelled, LOC gives reasons (READ)
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The 2016 edition of the Aba Township half marathon being organised by the management of Saturn Communications Limited (owners of Magic Fm, Aba) in collaboration with the Abia State government which was scheduled to hold on December 17 has been cancelled.
Chairman, Sub-Committee, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the competition and News Manager, Magic Fm, Aba, Boni Onogwu in a press briefing at the weekend said that the cancellation of the sporting event that has grown in leaps and bounds over the last three years was because of the “massive reconstruction of roads” part of which also serves as the major routes for the marathon including the final destination point; Enyimba International stadium which is still under construction by the state government.
“For three years, this event attracted budding local and established athletes from within and outside Nigeria who have gone to participate in major meets elsewhere and climbing the atlethics ladder progressively.
“…it has been the desire of the organisers to consistently hold the event every last Sunday of December yearly. This has been achieved back to back since December 2013 amid constraints bothering on road infrastructure, the major plank for executing a marathon race, but the race held all the same.
However, due to the on-going massive reconstruction of roads and the Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, which incidentally affect the major routes for the race and the landing venue respectively, we regrettably have to postpone the 2016 edition.
“We have also conveyed our reason/s for our action to all relevant athletics regulatory bodies (Athletic Federation of Nigeria and by extension, the International Association of Athletics Federation) for their necessary action.”
While reassuring Aba and Abia residents including other sport loving Nigerians of the LOC’s commitment to make the next edition of the event bigger and better as soon as the reasons for the postponement was remedied, Onogwu added that the LOC members were thankful for the partnership and media coverage of the event that they have enjoyed in the last three years even as he solicited for more support from the media partners.
Culled from The Nation