10th Okpekpe Road Race Gets DBN’s Backing

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  • As Bank moves to boost Nigeria’s sports development

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) has announced its sponsorship for the 10th edition of the Okpekpe International Road Race holding on Saturday, 25th May 2024 in Edo State.

A statement by the Bank said it is working on an enduring partnership that underscores its commitment to advancing sports and promoting tourism development in Nigeria.

The statement described Okpekpe International Road Race as a prestigious event that attracts athletes globally, noting that the event is not only recognized by the World Athletics, but also serves as a platform for showcasing talent and promoting physical fitness among participants.

According to the Bank’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Tony Okpanachi; “DBN is honored to support the historic Okpekpe International 10km Road Race for the seventh consecutive year. Our involvement in this event reflects our broader mission to foster community engagement, promote health and wellness, and stimulate economic growth through sports.

“The Okpekpe Race is more than just a competition; it is a celebration of resilience, unity, and excellence.

“I am very certain that DBN’s sponsorship will play a crucial role in ensuring the race’s success. Our support extends beyond financial contributions, it emphasizes our strong dedication to corporate social responsibility and our commitment to the holistic development of Nigerian society”.

He further added that; “Supporting the Okpekpe International Road Race aligns perfectly with DBN’s mission of driving sustainable development, empowering communities, and fostering economic growth.

“Sports as we all know serve as a unifying force and a catalyst for economic and social development, and we are proud to play a role in this transformative event.”

Mr Okpanachi said since its inception, the Okpekpe International Road Race has grown in prestige, becoming a cornerstone of the global athletics calendar.

He therefore urged Nigerians to participate in the race festivities, support the athletes, and experience the rich culture and hospitality of Edo State.

As the first to be granted a gold label status in Nigeria, the 10-kilometre race is set in the scenic hills of Okpekpe town near Auchi, highlighting the beauty of Edo State and its significant economic benefits to the local community.

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