How marathon money thrills athletes
Nigerian elite marathoners who won prizes at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Tuesday expressed gratitude to the organiser and project consultant, Nilayo Sports Management Nigeria Limited, for the prompt payment of their prize money.
“We have never had it this good. This is the first time that we are being paid a few days after the race; some races outside the country take months.” said Steve Nuhu, whose athletes claimed most of the top prizes won by Nigerians at the February 11 event.
Nuhu, coach of the High Altitude Athletics Club in Jos, Plateau State, added, “All the opportunities we have had in the past in marathons and road races have always come from Lagos State.”
Bukola Olopade, the Project Consultant for Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, who is also the CEO of Nilayo, promised all the participants that won prize money at the marathon that they would be paid.
“Even those we tested for dope will be paid by next week. The results of the tests are out and nobody tested positive, so they will all get their prize money by March 13,” Olopade said