The 2017 edition of the Inspector General of Police National Open Taekwondo Championship has ended in Lagos with Nigeria Police taekwondo team emerging the overall champions while Team Lagos and Team Kebbi finished second and third respectively.
The competition which took place at the Rowe Park Sport Centre in Yaba attracted all the Zonal Commands of the Nigeria Police formations across the country and saw Zone 11 emerging as the best zone of the championship.
Speaking at the occasion, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim K. Idris, who was excited with the organisation of the event, commended the work force of the Nigeria Police Sports unit for keeping faith with this yearâ€™s edition of the championship which is the 6th in the series.
Spurred by the outcome of the championship which was also used as part of the celebration of the IGPs one year in office, Idris promised to continue the sponsorship of the annual tournament.
The IGP who was represented at the grand finale by a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anderson Bankole, charged officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force to make fitness their watch-word since it not only promote healthy living but goes a long way in ensuring their combat readiness at all time.
Idris promised to continue to promote and encourage anything that will ensure fitness of his rank and file and officers.
Chairman of the Local Organising Committee and Coordinator of the programme, Stella Ebikefe, a superintendent of police, thanked the IGP for matching his words with action through the sponsorship of the championship.
Over 150 players and 10 teams drawn from across the country pitched up for the exercise. She also thanked the police taekwondo patron, Mrs. Biola Awote, the Chief Executive Officer and Proprietress of Etaports Schools for her support.
The CEO of Mutual Benefit Assurance, Akin Ogunbiyi also graced the event which saw Mary Stanley emerging as the best Referee.