Over 1000 journalists for Lagos City Marathon

Over 1000 journalists for Lagos City Marathon


The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has achieved a new high with about with the application by over 1000 Nigerian and international media practitioners for accreditation to cover 2018 edition of the event scheduled for Saturday.

The Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas, revealed that this is a new record for the competition as only 300 applied for accreditation at the 2016 edition, while a little over 400 applied for accreditation in 2017.
Thomas informed that the accreditation for athletics reporters would be distributed on Wednesday, while other categories of reporters can pick up their accreditation on Thursday at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
To ensure good synergy between officials and the media in the delivery of the event, Thomas said the organisers will hold a media seminar for athletics reporters on Wednesday.
“Marathon is a new culture here. Most of our reporters are used to short distances and field events, so the core stakeholders:  the organizers, the sponsors and the athletics reporters need to have a good understanding of what we are doing and how we can make the work of the reporters easier.’’
Speakers at the seminar include Kwenku Tandoh, Chairman of the Governing Board of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Bukola Olopade, Project Consultant Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Yusuf Alli, General Manager Marathon, Tony Ubani, President Guild of Sports Editors, a representative of both the medical and security committees, a speaker from Kenya and representative of athletics reporters.
Thomas emphasised that the seminar is strictly for athletics reporters.
“I am also using this medium to appeal to others journalists who will be covering this marathon but does not have the culture of marathon to please study the media guide and respect the dos and don’ts especially movement in athletes running or recovery areas. For this edition, we have a standard media workstation with internet facilities and journalists are advised to stay within the media station. All the winners and officials they intend to interview will come to the media workstation,’’ Thomas assured.

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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
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