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Bet9ja applauds participants at Lagos Women Run 2019

Bet9ja applauds participants at Lagos Women Run 2019


Impressed by what is best described as a show of resilience, passion and determination by participants at the 2019 Lagos Women Run, Leading gaming company in Nigeria, bet9ja has commended athletes, sports enthusiasts, organisers and the Lagos State Government for their commitment to making the marathon a world class initiative aimed at supporting the female gender to find fulfilment and achieve purpose.  The 10kilometers marathon now in its fourth edition was won by Kenya’s Cheptoeck Careen and officer of Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, Bayelsa State Command, Genevieve Njoku, in the Open and Veteran categories held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos State.The race, which was flagged off by the wife of Lagos State Governor, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, began at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan, eventually saw Careen winning the Women’s Open in record time of 28:55 to clinch first place, while Nigeria’s Deborah Pam came second in 31:05, as Elizabeth Nuhu Power finished third in 31: 52.  The excitement of the race also extended to the veteran race ages 45 to 70, where Njoku triumphed in 43:03 to come first, while Ann Seriki was second in 45:19, as Bolanle Karim emerged third in a time of 46:30.Speaking on her achievement, a delighted Careen, said, “I am happy with the race and the organisation. It was not easy winning because the weather was very hot. But I thank God I won it.”On her part the winner of the Veteran, Njoku said, the race was fun aside from the health benefit. “I am very happy to win the Veteran race. I have been running when I was younger and now that I am older, it has been fun.”For their efforts, Careen won a cash prize of N750, 000, Pam N500, 000 and Power got N300,000, aside from gifts from other sponsors. However, winners in the Veteran category were rewarded with the sum of N300,000, N200,000, and N100,000 for the winner, runner-up and second runner-up.  Speaking on the occasion, the Senior Marketing Manager, bet9ja, Femi Osobajo, said, “We are pleased with the Lagos Women Run initiative that aligns with our strategic objective of empowering people and enhancing their livelihood through our operations.”Osobajo described the Lagos Women Run as is a good platform for bet9ja to support the female gender as part of the company’s overall commitment to enhance the development of sports in Nigeria by complementing government’s efforts in that regard.  Also speaking at the event, the Coordinator of Lagos Women Run, Tayo Popoola, appreciated the runners on the success of the 2019 edition, saying the event would not have gained momentum without their interest and participation.Bet9ja through its operations is commitment to supporting the growth of different sectors of the Nigerian economy that includes but not limited to entertainment, festivals and tourism and sports with a view to enhance livelihoods for Nigerians throughs its operations. This strategic direction of the gaming company that makes it to constantly reinvent itself by seeking ways to empower Nigerians, is what makes it More Than A Bet.

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