Organisers cancel 2023 Onitsha City Marathon

By Chimezie Nebolisa

Organizers of the Onitsha City marathon announced the cancellation this year’s edition scheduled to hold November 25, 2023.

In a statement, the race deputy project manager and renowned sports journalist, Philip Balepo, said that the race organisers and their marketing partner have decided to cancel this year’s edition but gives no reason for the decision.

“The general public is hereby notified that the 2023 Onitsha City Marathon, OCM, will no longer be held. We, the Main Organising Committee, MOC, in conjunction with our Marketing Partners, GLS PROJECTS, look forward to the 2024 edition. For every inconvenience, kindly bear with us,” wrote Balepo in the press statement.

The Onitsha City marathon is one of the road running events in Nigeria whose course has been certified by a World Athletics/AIMS accredited course measurer.

The first edition of the race was held in 2019 and the second edition was initially fixed for September 30, 2023 before it was postponed to November 25, 2023, before the outright cancellation.