08 May 2017 16:00pm
SWAKOPMUND, 08 MAY (NAMPA) The Khomas Region was the overall best performer at the National Police Sports Championships, which ended in Swakopmund on Sunday.
Namibian Police Force (NamPol) sports teams from all 14 regions gathered at Swakopmund for five days, competing against each other in various sports codes.
Khomas scooped first place trophies in both men and womens football, volleyball and netball.
The Hardap men took second place in football, followed by Kavango East, while in womens football, Kavango East ended in second place followed by Omusati.
In volleyball, the womens team from Otjozondjupa won second place followed by Oshana. The Kavango East mens team took second place in volleyball, leaving the third place to Oshikoto.
Ohangwena topped the men and womens 21 kilometre (km) race followed by Khomas and Omusati in second and third places, respectively.
In netball, Otjozondjupa took second place, with Khomas in third place.
Based on the points garnered during the games, Khomas was first in the regional ranking, Ohangwena second and Oshana third.
At the end of the games, national teams for the participating codes were selected in preparation for the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation Games later this year in Lesotho.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Khomas Regional Police Commander, Major-General Desiderius Shilunga, who is also deputy inspector-general for Operations, encouraged police officers to be more involved in sport.
He also called on regional commanders to give time to those interested in sport so that they can give it their all.
Do not stop them from participating in sport, allow them to go so that they can grow as sportsmen and women who participate in national teams, he said, further encouraging police officers to stay fit and also participate in private sports clubs.
Inspector Timo Haikonda, NamPol deputy head for Sport and Recreation, said this competition also produced players for the football Premier League and national teams.
Regions such as Ohangwena, Khomas and Hardap have players in the Premier League, and football and volleyball national teams.
The next police sport championships will be hosted in Opuwo, Kunene Region in May or August 2018.
These games are made possible by sponsors and are not paid for by Government, Haikonda mentioned.
We will already start searching for sponsorships so that we can host the next games, he said.