The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has challenged officers and men of the Nigeria Police to maintain mental and physical fitness in order to meet the rigors of policing a nation like Nigeria.
He said this at the opening ceremony of the 11th biennial Police Games in Abuja.
Mr Arase said that the Nigeria Police is being repositioned to produce world class athletes in the like of 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist, Chioma Ajunwa and late Sunday Bada.
He expressed optimism that the games which attracted participants from all Police Commands and formations nationwide would produce stars that will do Nigeria proud in the field of sports.
The second edition of the Nigeria Police Games holding in Port Harcourt will be featuring from all formations in the Nigeria Police Force totalling about 5,000 policemen.
The Secretary Technical and Chairman Police Taekwondo Association, ACP Gideon Akinsola who made the information known to newsmen also disclosed that the organising committee has earmarked 28 games, including three non-scoring sports as the number of events that will be competed for and the Police Games Commission is headed by Commissioner of Police Abimbola Macaulay.
Akinsola said that the games were designed to identify talented sportsmen in the police force, promote esprit de corps as well as encourage members of the force to keep fit at all the times.
The event will kick-off February 24th and will be taking place at the Liberation Stadium in Port Harcourt.
The Last edition of the games was held in Lagos at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in 2011.