The 26th Namibian Police Force's National Sports Championship has officially been launched and games are underway at the Outjo stadium in the Kunene Region.
There are 1058 participants from all 14 regions of the country, who will compete in different sport codes from the 12th to the 16th of September.
Speaking at the game's opening ceremony, Namibian Police Inspector General, Lieutenant General Joseph Shikongo, described the hosting of such an event as a unifying time for the men and women in uniform.
The different regional teams and individuals are to compete in soccer, netball, volleyball, pool, darts and chess.
''The Namibian Police Force Annual Sports Championship creates a platform where police officers showcase their talents while at the same time interact with colleagues. This is indeed a good opportunity for our police sport men and women to initiate insightful discussions and share best practices that will enhance cooperation amongst our members as they get to know each other.''
Kunene Regional Governor, Marius Sheya, on his part, jokingly challenged the competitors in the athletics code.
''We will look at you for the next couple of days and if your energy level is not higher than of the Inspector General, than we have a problem Inspector General. Because people must have a lot of energy for games of this nature and if our leader has this much energy, we are anticipating that the participants will have as well. I think when we are going 100meters, inspector General I will be challenging the fastest police officer, including the Inspector General himself, I think I am very ready, I have been training for a month now.''
Old Mutual's Sales and Distribution Manager Leandro Sitler contributed about 25-thousand Namibia dollars to the hosting of the games.
''We can proudly confirm that Old Mutual as well as the Namibian Policw force serve a common purpose.a purpose that was reaffirmed not so long ago in Kamanjab, which lead to us being here today. A purpose to provide conducive, prosperous and safe environment for our beloved Namibian Citizens to thrive in. As we forge together and reunite not only o the sports grounds today but also in offices and local residing region, we as old mutual Namibia commit to a continuation and strengthening of this special relationship that we have and that we will strive to ensure we do our part in providing and attending to the needs and wants of our Namibian community.''
The games will conclude with a prize-giving in the various categories.