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British, Italian diplomats to run in Obudu mountain race

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Peter Carter, and diplomats from Italian embassy and the United Nations are expected to run in the 9th edition of the Obudu Mountain Race on Saturday, where 160 athletes will compete.

The mountain race will be preceded by the media race on Friday.

The Saturday race will feature the World Mountain race champions from Uganda and the current Obudu Mountain Race champion, Abebe Dinkesa from Ethiopia, leading the pack.

Speaking with journalists at the Ranch, the Cross River State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Patrick Ugbe, who confirmed their participation, however noted that as of Friday, the envoys had yet to arrive at the Ranch.

He said, “The British Deputy High Commissioner is coming for the race. You remember last year the Australian High Commissioner was here and he ran. Someone from the Italian Embassy in running and one of the United Nations’ agencies are also running.”

Ugbe said out of the 160 athletes, 61 are foreigners comprising 43 men and 18 women from mainly East and Central African countries like Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Cameroon and others.

He put the total prize money for all the races at $280,000, saying it is the highest in the world.

The race last year started on a new race course and the commissioner said “we want to perfect on it before we bring in new things as current course for men is 13 kilometres while that of women is 9.64 kilometres.

Source: The Punch

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