03 Jul 2019 17:40pm
OSHAKATI, 03 JUL (NAMPA) Sports enhance personal development and growth, improve physical ability and contribute to teamwork and self-esteem, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga has said.
Ndeitunga said this on Wednesday at Oshakati during the official opening of the 24th Police Annual Sports Championships.
He said sports also open doors to new opportunities.
I therefore applaud the management of NamPol for recognising that we do not only have to fight crime day and night, but also have to take time off and participate in sporting activities for our physical and mental health, said Ndeitunga.
He said their national sporting event has come a long way, starting with sport codes like football, netball, volleyball and athletics.
It grew to include more codes such as darts, pool, long distance running and chess. During this 24th national sports championship, we are adding another code, which is drill, Ndeitunga told those present.
He added that although drilling is not a sport code in itself, like other sports, it has an element of endurance and fitness and instils discipline in individual participants just like sport does.
The police chief added that it aids the enforcement of discipline in response to orders and can help officers adhere to the norms, discipline and culture of the force.
Speaking at the same event, NamPols commander for the Oshana Region, Commissioner Rauha Amwele pointed out that this is the third time the games are taking place in the region.
She said it is hoped that the championship will foster friendship, understanding and cooperation between NamPols individual members, units, stations and regions.
These games have become an essential component in our public relations, in cementing our common vision and for sound relationships that are necessary for better policing and prevention of crime, Amwele stated.
Some 850 members of NamPol from 11 regions are taking part in the championship from Monday to Saturday. The regions that are not competing are Ohangwena, Kavango West and Zambezi.