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With A New World-class Press Center, Media Accreditation For The 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Kicks

The Oasis Reporters

January 9, 2020

Dr. Ajoritsedere Awosika. Chair, Access Bank Plc.

With the pledged down $20,000 bonus in the wake of high expectations, preparations have begun in earnest to kick start a wide ranging media exposure to the event. The accreditation process for media practitioners interested in covering the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon has officially commenced.

Photo : Rhoda Jepkhorir of Kenya, the first female elite athlete to cross the finish line in the previous 2nd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, .
Photo : NAN

Head of Communications and Media for the marathon, Olukayode Thomas in a statement at the weekend explained that there would be two categories of accreditation that would be given to interested journalists based on merit.

Thomas explained that journalists will be required to send in their passport photographs and biodata to Marathon2020accreditation@gmail.com

“Yes, the process of accreditation is officially on and it will run for the next three weeks,” Thomas stated.

“Journalists are expected to send in their passport photographs and biodata to the email address provided or bring the same to the Marathon Village situated inside the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos” he added.

While assuring journalists of a seamless environment to carry out their duties at this year’s marathon, Thomas appealed to all to follow the specified rules and regulations.

He said: “We are assuring the media that a world-class press center will be available at this year’s race, all the necessary equipment will also, be provided to make life much easier for our esteemed media partners

“A media guide will also be provided which all accredited journalists will be required to follow strictly so we can have a perfect race and also do our jobs effectively”.

Thomas noted that with the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon (now Silver label race) gunning to become a Gold Label race, top officials of the World Athletics (formerly IAAF) will be in town and it is expedient that Lagos meets and even surpasses the standards obtainable in other top marathons across the world in order to achieve the set goal.

“One critical area the World Athletics will be looking at is how clean our finish area is, that is why we have provided a press centre for journalists, they are not expected to be at the finish line at all or the recovery areas”

“The media guide will provide all with the do’s and don’ts so we are all on the same page, we do not want to revoke the accreditation of anyone but that may be the case once individuals fail to adhere to the laid down rules”, Thomas stated.

The accreditation will close on January 24 while the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will hold on February 8.

By market capitalisation, Access Bank is among Nigeria’s top five banks otherwise known as Tier-1 banks, and they are Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Plc, Zenith Bank International Plc, Access Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc, and United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.
And recently, the top five banks posted N417b profit in six months of 2019.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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