Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1369, (16-22 November 2017)
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1369, (16-22 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Proud policemen

Egypt dominated the World Police Games which recently concluded in Abu Dhabi, reports Inas Mazhar


swimmers celebrate on the podium

Egypt came atop the table with 19 medals from three out of four sports in the bi-annual World Police Games in the UAE.

The competition comprised four police-related sports: swimming, jiu-jitsu, judo and practical pistol shooting. According to the rules of the Games, countries can participate with a maximum of 26 athletes, four coaches, one administrator/assistant and one delegation leader.

Egyptian male and female athletes collected 13 gold medals and four silver in swimming and two gold medals in judo. Brazil came second with a total of 10 medals — six gold, one silver and three bronze. The Brazilians won a gold and two bronze in swimming, and five gold, one silver and one bronze in jiu-jitsu. The UAE came third with 11 medals: two gold, seven silver and two bronze medals. The hosts won in swimming, jiu-jitsu and practical pistol shooting. The Czech Republic claimed four silver and two bronze medals in swimming, and one gold and two silver in jiu-jitsu in addition to one gold and one silver in the practical pistol shooting.

According to Asser Negmeddin, head of the Egyptian delegation, Egypt took part in only three of the four sports. “We took part in swimming, judo and practical pistol shooting. Though we were unlucky in the shooting, our results in the other two sports were outstanding considering that we only took part in three sports and won in two. Such a huge number of gold medals pushed us up to lead the standings of the 44 participating countries,” Negmeddin said.

“The event was wonderful and spectacular in Abu Dhabi which has produced a spectacular event. They have shown all participants warm and true hospitality and friendship and we were so glad with the results of our athletes. The competitions were also held within the slogan of fair play and it has truly resulted in the big success of the event’s second edition,” Negmeddin added.

swimmers celebrate on the podium

Altogether, 44 countries and more than 900 athletes, coaches and delegation leaders took part in the one-week event in the four-sport disciplines.

According to the Union Sports International Police (USIP), the UAE organiser supported by the UAE Ministry of Interior put a big effort into organising the major event. It took two years of preparations in cooperation with the USIP to hold the second edition of the USIP World Police Games, a big challenge for the organising committee.

Egyptian Police athletes at the parade

The USIP also described the opening and closing ceremonies as a spectacular experience for all. “The combination of the warm and generous hospitality of the UAE organiser, sport disciplines under extreme conditions and the spirit of the UAE made it all an unforgettable story for everyone, especially with the thrilling jiu-jitsu being one of the last sports disciplines in the arena of Abu Dhabi to be held just before the closing ceremony,” Negmeddin said.
The third edition is to be held in Italy 2019.

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