19 Aug 2013 11:50
WINDHOEK, 19 AUG (NAMPA) The eighth edition of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO) Games was officially opened with a colourful ceremony here on Monday.
The ceremony included a spectacular display by various cultural groups, artists, dancers and the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) band.
The Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob officially opened the Games as its patron.
Addressing the official opening, Geingob told the participants from the various countries that sports, and especially team sports, make people less selfish. Referring to football, he said: When you are about to score and you see that your colleague has a better chance it will allow you - if you are a selfless player - to pass it to another player so that person will score.
Team work is also what you do as police officers, he stated.
Namibia on Sunday took over the chairmanship of SARPCCO from Tanzania, which chaired the body for a year.
In a short ceremony in the capital on Sunday, Tanzanian police chief Saidi Ally Mwema handed a symbolic sword to NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga.
Around 1 800 athletes and officials from 14 countries within the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region are taking part in various sports codes such as football, tennis, netball and volleyball during the Games.
The theme of the event, which ends on 30 August, is Combating Crime, United in Sport.
The event kicked off with a football match between the police forces from host Namibia and Mozambique at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek.
The biannual games are primarily aimed at fostering regional partnerships and enhancing cooperation amongst various ranks in the police forces within the SADC region through sport.
Since its inception in 1999, the SARPCCO Games have been hosted by Pretoria (South Africa), Otse (Botswana), Johannesburg (South Africa), Harare (Zimbabwe), Blantyre (Malawi) and Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo).