The Organisers of the first international marathon in South East, Nigeria, Onitsha City Marathon are yet to redeem their prize money promised to the winners of the race.
According to the Project Manager of Onitsha City Marathon, Mr. Osondu Umeobi, during a press briefing in Lagos to herald the Marathon, which took place on October 25, 2019.
Osondu explained that a lot of financial rewards await participants as elite athletes from different countries will cart home with different cash prizes ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 while local athletes will smile home with cash prizes ranging from N20,000 to N1 million.
He further explained that every participant who is able to cover up to five kilometers will be issued with certificate of participation.
18 months after, WildFlower can reveal authoritatively based on findings from participants of the event that no certificate of participation was issued and prize money are yet to be paid.
It can be recalled that Kenya’s Bernard Sang, 39, and Esther Chesand, 25, won the male and female categories, while Emmanuel Pam and Fadekemi Olude from Plateau came top as male and female champions of Nigerian nationality.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that while the international marathon was going on in Onitsha, the Anambra Sports Commission officials were holding its monthly Walk for Life from Nteje Oyi council area to Aguleri in Anambra East Council.