The Inspector General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, has assured that the 10th Biennial Police Games "Port Harcourt 2013", scheduled for Rivers State, from 3rd to 9th March, 2013, will not only provide a platform for the Police, the Military and other security agencies to showcase their sporting prowess; it will also be a veritable tool for further strengthening the relationship among these sister agencies.
While justifying the decision of the Force Sports Planning Committee to invite the military and other law enforcement agencies to the Police sporting fiesta, the IG noted that the Police and the military share a common sporting history dating back to the pre-independence era.
He explained that special invitation has been extended to the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy and the Nigerian Air Force. Also expected in Port Harcourt for the Games are the Nigerian Customs and Excise Service, the Nigerian Prisons Service, the Nigerian Immigration Service, the Federal Fire Service, Federal Road Safety Commission, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The security agencies will be competing in Polo, Tug-of-War and 4 x 100 Invitation Relays including the newly introduced Mix-Relay race which is an innovative relay involving both men and women competing alongside each other in a single team.
These events, though non-scoring, are billed to be part of the events in the Opening and Closing ceremonies. While the Tug-of -War Teams of the Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Navy, the Nigerian Air Force and that of the Nigeria Police Force will slug it out in the Opening Ceremonies, the Relay Teams from all the invited security agencies will get the tracks burning at the Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium, on 9th of March, 2013, to light-up the Closing Ceremonies.
While the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force have all confirmed their attendance, the Nigeria Police Force is optimistic that the other security agencies will soon send in their confirmation. This gathering of security agencies in Port Harcourt is not to pursue criminals, but to strengthen the synergy among them and to show-case their sporting skills and talents.
Also expected at the Sports carnival are members of National Sports Associations including the National Sport Commission, the Nigerian Olympic Committee and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, amongst others. Also invited to witness the Games are the respective sporting Associations who are expected to provide officiating umpires.
It needs be said here that the Police Games has contributed very immensely to Nigeria's sporting glory, discovering prominent athletes like CSP Chioma Ajunwa, late SP Sunday Bada, DSP Samuel Peters, among others; these bodies and Associations have worked closely with the Police in nurturing these athletes to national and international stardom.
It is the belief of the Police Management Team that strong, united and physically fit law enforcement agencies will have positive impacts on the unity of the nation and on the ability of the Forces to collaboratively combat crime and other social ills.
As the glamorous 10th Biennial Police Games kick off in Port Harcourt, the IGP wishes to remind Nigerians of the very high stake the Police Games hold for our country's glory and sporting future. He therefore, extends a very warming invitation to all sports lovers in and around RiversState , to come, watch and witness the best of sports in Port Harcourt at no financial cost at all.