Former Nigeria track and field international Henry Amike has been named as the Elite Athletes and Finish manager for the sixth IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe international 10km road race which holds next month in Okpekpe near Auchi, Etsako East local government of Edo State.
Zack Amodu, the director of organisation for the first road race in Nigeria nay West Africa to be granted an IAAF label status says the choice of Amike who still holds the Nigeria record (48.50 seconds) in the men’s 400m hurdles is to ensure nothing goes wrong with the management of the elite athletes right from their arrival into Nigeria, at the competition venue and until their departure after the race.
“We are delighted Henry Amike has accepted to be our elite athletes manager for the sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe race. Amike comes with loads of experience in international athletics and he is the right person to liaise with the elite athletes that have registered for the race,” said Amodu.
“Amike will take responsibility for the athletes upon arrival in Nigeria, manage their trip to Okpekpe, their hotel accommodation and will accompany them on the route tour a day to the race,’ Amodu added and revealed that Amike has acted in that role in past editions of the race.
‘What we have done is to call on somebody who has had the experience of managing these international and local elite athletes,” he explained.