As Nigeria turns 50 in October, the Lagos State Sports Endowment Fund (LSSEF) has concluded plans to organise a 10 kilometre â€œNigeria Independence Corporate Runâ€ as its contribution towards the celebration of the milestone.
Acting Chairman of the LSSEF, retired Rear Admiral Anthony Oni disclosed at a press briefing in Lagos that the mini marathon which is expected to attract about 3000 corporate executives will hold on September 18, 2010.
The starting point, he said, is the Tafawa Balewa Square, incidentally the place where the British Union Jack was lowered for the Nigeria Green-White-Green flag on October 1, 1960, and it will finish at Atlantic City in Bar Beach, Victoria Island.
â€œThe year 2010 marks a milestone in Nigeriaâ€™s history and we are celebrating our nationâ€™s independence with a 10km run. The runÂ which is the first of its kind in Lagos, aims not only to celebrate our great nationâ€™s independence, but it marks the revolution of sports development in Lagos under the umbrella of the LSSEFâ€, Admiral Oni said.
He said proceeds from the Run will be ploughed into â€œthe promotion and development of sports in Lagos State, provision of support to local sports platforms, showcase the health benefits of sports, bridge the divide that exists between sports, lifestyle and tourism, influence residents to effect change and most importantly position Lagos as a sports-friendly city.â€
The LSSEF boss said that the long term plan of the endowment fund is the establishment of sports facilities in the 57 local governments and local council development areas of the state to develop sports from the grass-roots and nurture world class athletes who would help Lagos and the nation at large to garner laurels at local and international sporting competitions.