BIENNIAL POLICE GAMES
Athletes participating in the 12th edition of the Biennial Police Games tagged Anambra 2020 have hinged the desperation to win gold medal that will earn them promotion to the next rank as their greatest motivation for the tournament.
Speaking to journalists at various venues of the ongoing tournament, some athletes also made passionate appeals to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Adamu Mohammed Abubakar, to increase the reward to the overall zonal winner of the event to N100m cash price and N50m worth of equipment, arguing that such gesture will make the tournament more competitive.
A kick boxer from zone 10, George Lucky, noted that he couldn’t afford to miss the chances of the 2008 edition when his bronze medal was not enough to earn him promotion like his counterparts that won gold during the tournament.
Lucky, who brutally picked the semi-finals ticket in a bloody clash at the ongoing games, boasted that he is mentally and physically ready to pick the gold medal, announcing that he is desperate for promotion.
Meanwhile, the Games on Monday accelerated into speed gear with results of some of the events concluded.
In cycling, Tombrapa Grikpa, representing Force Headquarters Abuja, won Gold in 1km after returning home in time of one minute, 58 seconds, 08 milliseconds (1hr 58mins 08secs).
Lindia Paul of Zone 5 Police Command picked silver after finishing second in time of 2:34.87, while Oluchi Manna of Zone 6 won bronze haven returned in time of 2:42.61.
In male category, Busari Michael of Zone 11 won gold after finishing in time of 1:52.73, while Moses Adodo of Zone 2 took the first runners-up with a time 1:53.19 to take silver and Ayuba Zarma from Zone 4 won the bronze after finishing in third place in time of 2:06.17.
In Taekwondo, Omobobola Ajayi of Force Headquarters Abuja picked gold after defeating Olarewaju Adegoke of Zone 11 in the female Heavy Weight category
Adegoke eventually settled for silver, while Attah Queen of Zone 5 won bronze after defeating Augusta Ogbalo of Zone 6.
In men’s football event played at the Otuocha Township Stadium, Zone 6 defeated Zone 2 by a lone goal to pick a valuable three point in their campaign for football gold
In the other matches played at the same venue, Zone 7 humbled Zone 8 by 2-0, while Zone 9 and Zone 2 ended their encounter 0-0 in the women’s football event. Action continues on Tuesday in kickboxing, badminton, football, chess, cycling, hockey, judo, scrabble and shooting as the tournament enters day three.