The Namibian Police Sports Council is confident that Nampol’s team will top the Southern Africa Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) 2017 games that will be held in Lesotho.
Nampol kick-started preparations for the sub-continental police games recently when the Kavango West hosted their annual sports championships in Rundu from the 3-8 May.
The 10th edition of the SARPCCO games are billed for next year and are to be hosted by the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Sport team finished second in the 8th and 9th edition of the Southern Africa Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) in the last two editions of the epic games.
“We don’t not have a selected team yet, but the results of the Annual Sports Championships that took place in Rundu recently can confirm that we have good athletes here in Namibia, I am confident that we will come first at the SARPCCO 2017 games” said Major General Desderius Shilunga.
Namibia hosted the SARPCCO Games in 2013 and in 2015 it was held in Swaziland. The team will be participating in various sports code including three new sports codes, which is cycling, shooting and angling (fishing).
According to Shilunga, the preparations for the final selection of the team to participate in the upcoming SARPCCO games have not begun yet, but because the games only take place after every two years, the team will only be selected next year. After that the Nampol Sport Council will put up a training program next to get the athletes ready for the big tournament.
The selection of the sports men and women that will be part of the Nampol National Team will take place next year in Swakopmund in the Erongo region. The selection criteria will be based on selecting the best three athletes for every sport code from every region in Namibia.
“As it stands we have athletes in the force that are well qualified for the Nampol National Team but in order to accommodate individuals from all the regions in Namibia we have decided to take the best from each region” said Shilunga.
Police sport teams from Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries are participating in the SARPCCO games.