The Commissioner for Youth and Sports Vitus Okechi, has directed that activities relating to 2019 Coal City International Marathon be terminated forthwith.
In a letter to the Managing Director Zippsports Limited dated Monday 4th November 2019 reference MYS/ AD/191, Commissioner Vitus Okechi, stated that Zippsports who sought to market the marathon failed to show proof of meeting the prize money/ budget of the Coalcity international half-marathon.
The letter referred to the Main Organizing Committiee meeting of the marathon held on Thursday 10 the October 2019, where members of the MOC interacted with the new Hon. Commissioner Hon. Vitus Okechi. In the meeting Commissioner Vitus Okechi, requested to know from Zippsports the minimum amount of money needed to prosecute the marathon The Managing Director Zippsports Limited Mr. Nzube Ndiokwelu informed the Commissioner and MOC that N9 million naira was needed for the marathon, however,he( Mr Nzube Ndiokwelu), said a minimum of N6 million would settle basic cost of the marathon.
As a result of which, the MOC resolved that Zippsports should raise N6 million within 2 weeks from Thursday 10th to Thursday 24 the October 2019, and to show proof of their capacity to finance the marathon.
At the expiration of the 2 weeks Zippsports could not raise N6 million, nor show proof of their capacity to fund the project which necessitated the termination of the 2019 Coal City International Half-Marathon by the Ministry.
Commissioner Vitus Okechi wish to further emphasize that the Ministry does not endorse nor support 2019 Coal City Marathon over failure of Zippsports to meet the minimum budget for the successful International Half-Marathon.
The measure became necessary to avert embarrassing Enugu State Government international and local athletes and the good people of Enugu state.
Members of the public are enjoined to desist from any activities Zippsports and Enugu State Athletics Association Board.