IGP Mohammed Abubukar
Lagos State Police Command swimmers have said that they will clinch at least eight of the 15 gold medals on offer at the Nigeria Police Force Games in Port Harcourt.
The Games earlier planned for between February 24 and March 3 will now hold between March 3rd and March 9th.
In separate interviews with NAN yesterday at their training session at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos they said that they were ready for the competition.
They said that lack of facilities and training kits as well as grants would not deter them from wining at the 10th edition of the bi-annual competition.
Cpl. Yellow Yeiyah, the team’s captain, told NAN that they had trained hard and were in high spirit to excel at the Games.
Yeiyah said that the postponement of the competition would help them to improve on their training.
“We are in good form and high spirit and will win nothing less than eight gold medals out of the 12 at stake at the competition,” he said.
Cpl. Ademola Ayenuwa, who lamented the lack of training kits and grants, said it would not deter him from doing his best to win at the competition.
He said that the NPF should ensure adequate kits and grants in subsequent competitions to motivate them to excel.
“We did not get any training kits or grants but this will not deter us, the NPF should take note of this in subsequent programmes,” Ayenuwa said.
Cpl. Gabatomini Williams also said that in spite of lack of facilities, the team had managed to train hard for them to soar high in the competition.
She appealed to the NPF to promote the officers who win gold at the competition rather than monetary reward.
Cpl. Ebinga Enanma said that athletes with outstanding performance should be given international exposure for them to represent Nigeria at international competitions.
“I learnt that other countries will be participating, this will make the competition to be highly competitive but I appeal that outstanding officers should be given international exposure,’’ Enanma said.
Twenty swimmers (10 males and 10 females) will represent the Lagos State Command at the Games.
They will feature in 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m breaststroke, backstroke, freestyle, butterfly and 4x100m, 4x200m individual medley and relays.