Nam ready for SARPCCO games
Windhoek – Malawian delegates attending the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Co-operation Organisation (SARPCCO) administrative committee meeting in Windhoek last week have confidently said Namibia is ready to host the grouping’s biennial games.
In an interview with The Southern Times, Malawi Police Senior Superintendent Stanley Mwaleni said Namibia had invested greatly in the successful hosting of the eighth such games, which are scheduled for August 2013.
“We are trying to lay a solid foundation for the integrity of the games and to aid relationships between the competing teams,” he said.
Supt Mwaleni said organising such an event was a huge task that required every stakeholder to play their role.
He said much had been done in terms of accommodation and other logistical matters for the 1 619 athletes and officials who will participate, as well as preparing training facilities for teams representing the various police forces from Southern Africa.
“There are enough training facilities for all the countries that will be participating, which is a challenge that we had when we hosted this tournament in 2000,” he said.
“In terms of transport, Namibia has secured a lot of buses that will be transporting participants to and from the arenas,” he added.
Established in 1996 to enhance co-operation through sports, the SARPCCO games are held every second year. The last games were hosted by the DRC.
Namibian Police Inspector Kauna Shikwambi said of the meeting, “When Namibia presented its reports, the delegates applauded and said Namibia was ready to host SARPCCO.”
The games will feature sport codes like athletics, football (men and women), volleyball (men and women), netball, chess, darts and tennis.
“Sport plays a very important role in human development and apart from being an essential part of maintaining our health and physical fitness, sport promotes interaction and fosters good co-operation,” Insp Shikwambi pointed out.
The games first took place in July 1996 when police chiefs from 12 SADC countries acknowledged the need for the advancement of regional co-operation in policing in the region. The games have since grown into one of the most celebrated events in Southern Africa.
The objectives of the games are to organise, regulate and administer sport for serving police officers in the region; to foster partnership in the Southern Africa and improve co-operation through sport; to build trust and friendship amongst the junior ranks; and to advance a common purpose in the region.