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FCTA, ECOWAS host huge marathon 14 December
• Thousands of dollars cash prize on offer

16th Dec, 2019 | By Gyang Dakwo | ||

Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) and the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) have agreed to pool resources together and stage one of the best international marathon competitions in West Africa. Tagged 'ECOWAS International Abuja Marathon', the event seeks to promote unity, integration and peace among member-states.

A statement from the FCT Sports Department revealed that already, several committees have been constituted to ensure smooth and perfect hosting of the marathon which will cover a distance of about 21 kilometers. Scheduled to take place in Abuja on 14 December, the event is expected have over 1000 athletes in participation. The cash prize for the marathon is in the range of thousands of dollars and has subsequently classified the event with qualities capable of being on the calendar of International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF).

The marathon will provide Abuja residents a sports and recreation platform for social and culture cohesion. The event will have athletes from other parts of the world competing with the best African athletes.

An official logo for the event has since been accepted by the two parties and finishing work is on in earnest for the championship that will kick off at the regional headquarters of ECOWAS building in Abuja and terminate at the Abuja Old Parade Ground in a grand closing ceremony. 14th December was chosen to coincide with date for one of the key statutory meetings of ECOWAS, hence affording stakeholders a rare opportunity to partake in the ground-breaking sports event.

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