Ahead of Saturday’s Lagos international marathon race, the State Government has avowed its readiness to host the forthcoming event.
According to the State’s Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, all logistics have been put in place and Lagos is ready to host the event.
The commissioner also confirmed that several renowned marathoners from Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and others are already in town for the event, while local and other athletes are fully prepared to take part.
No fewer than 20,000 local and International marathoners are expected to participate in the race.
Ayorinde said the government has put in place water-tight security measures to protect athletes and other participants.
“Similarly we have put in place a team of fully trained and well equipped medical team that will accompany all the participants from the kick-off of the race to the end,” he added
He however pleaded with Lagosians on the traffic inconveniences the games may cause, assuring them that a combined team of traffic managers will also be on ground to control traffic along the designated routes, while alternate routes have also been provided for motorists.
He also urged residents to come out in mass to show their support for the race, reminding them on the benefits that will be accrued to the State as host of the event.
“The Lagos State Government is therefore appealing to Lagosians to come out en masse and cheer these athletes as well as encourage them during the course of the race,” he said.