Ghana, five other countries listed, as organisers declare Port Harcourt ready

| February 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

THE Chairman of the Police Sports Planning Committee, Abimbola Macaulay, on Tuesday disclosed that Ghana, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Benin Republic and Gambia will part of the 10th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, which begins on March 3 in Port Harcourt.

Also expected at the games are secondary school relay teams, as well as, teams from other forces, she added.

Speaking on the plans for the games at a press briefing yesterday in Lagos, Macauley, who represented the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, said the 10th Biennial Police Games will be marked with elaborate opening and closing ceremonies to be held at the Stadium, Port Harcourt on March 3 and 9, with the President Goodluck Jonathan as the special guest of honour.

The 10th Biennial Games will feature 24 events, which would hold at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium, and the Agbani Darego Sports Complex from March 4 to 8.

These events include athletics, football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis, judo, hockey, wrestling, swimming, weightlifting, boxing, tennis and taekwondo.

Others are kickboxing, golf, tug-of –war, chess, squash, shooting, karate, polo, wushu kung fu, badminton and handball.

She disclosed that this year’s games aims at producing talented athletes for the country, adding, “the Biennial Police Games is one of Nigeria’s most prominent and resourceful sporting events, having drastically impacted very positively in diverse ramifications, on the nation’s rich sporting history, producing eminent national and international sporting giants like of Chioma Ajunwa, who won Nigeria’s first ever individual Olympic gold medal in her famous Long jump at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, Late Sunday Bada, who was the anchor-man of Nigeria’s relay quartet to the 2000 Sydney Olympics that won the country her third Olympic gold medal (after the disqualification of the American Team).”

She disclosed that the 12 zones of the force and the headquarters, Abuja, would participate in the games with over 4000 athletes.

“We have secondary school invitational relays. We also have a raffle draw that is open only to the rank and file of the force, with the winners going home with five cars,” she added.

Macauley also revealed that the Force wants to establish a foundation that would ensure that funds do not stop the games from holding on schedule.







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