Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar
By Hope Adeyemi
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed D. Abubakar, has assured that the 10th edition of the biennial Police Games scheduled to hold between March 3rd and 9th in Port Harcourt promises to throw up new talents that will do the country proud as it has become the tradition of the force for Nigeria.
The police chief who was represented at the media briefing in Lagos to herald the games by the Chairman, Police Sports Planning Committee, Commissioner Abimbola Macaulay, disclosed that the event which has been tagged "Port-Harcourt 2013" be marked by an elaborate opening and closing ceremonies inside the Liberation Stadium, with the President Goodluck Jonathan as the Special Guest of Honour.
The biennial Police Games, according to Abubakar is one of Nigeria’s most prominent sporting events, having impacted very positively on the nation’s rich sporting history by producing the likes of CSP Chioma Ajunwa, who won the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the late Sunday Bada who was the leader of Nigeria’s relay quartet that won the 4x400m gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. American team that originally won the gold was disqualified for doping violations for Nigeria to profit, moving up from silver to the precious gold medal.
“Coming on the heels of the superlative performance of the victorious Super Eagles at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations, the 10th biennial Police Games promises to be explosive as expectations and stakes are high, on the possible shattering of existing national and international records in most of the 28 events that will be competed for,” observed the inspector general of police.
He also insisted that the Games have also served as a hunting ground for the discovery of talented footballers for Nigeria.
“The impact of the biennial Police Games on Nigeria’s sports development is all encompassing, extending to football, Nigeria’s most loved sports. The exploits of Sunday Oyarekhua in the Green Eagles and W/Inspector Kikelomo Ajayi who once captained the Super Falcons, remain green in the heart of football lovers across Africa,” he said.
The IGP also used the medium to impress on all sports loving Nigerians, especially sports administrators, to show more interest in the Police Games and encourage the Force double its efforts at further improving on the standard of the Games.
He also appealed to residents of Port Harcourt and its environs, to turn out en-masse to cheer and encourage all competing athletes during the Games.
“Spectators and indeed, all law abiding citizens, especially our distinguished invitees, are assured of the provision of adequate security before, during and after the Games,” he assured.