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Access Lagos Marathon: Organisers to accredit 25 journalists for coverage


Access Lagos Marathon, Organisers accredit 25 journalists for coverage, Olukayode Thomas

Organisers of the annual Access Lagos Marathon race have announced that only 25 journalists would be accredited to cover the 2021 edition slated for April 10 in line with Covid-19 protocols.

This was revealed at a media briefing by Head of Communications and Media for the Access Lagos Marathon, Olukayode Thomas.

Thomas explained that the decision was in strict compliance with laid down rules by the Federal and State ministries of health and other relevant agencies.

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He also disclosed that the usual applications for media accreditation would not be entertained this year but a rigorous selection process will be adopted to select 25 media platforms to cover this year’s race as well as the press conference.

“There will be no accreditation process for journalists this year, we would only be selecting 25 media platforms with a pedigree in athletics and road races reporting to cover this sixth edition” Thomas explained

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Now in its sixth edition, the Access Lagos Marathon, the biggest one-day event in Africa usually attracts over 100,000 runners but the number has been reduced to just 300 runners for the 2021 edition slated for April 10.

“As we already know, the number of runners was trimmed down from almost 100,000 to just 300 elite runners, this is the reality we find ourselves in, so we appeal to everyone to bear with us at this time” he added.

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Thomas revealed that the accredited journalists must also adhere to the protocols of COVID-19 by wearing their face masks at all times and also observe the mandatory social distancing.

“We won’t even be entertaining interviews at the finishing line, all audio-visuals and pictures will be disseminated via all our platforms so our people can use them appropriately,” he assured.