Dar all set to host historic Police Games

TANZANIA is all set to host the 11th edition of Southern African Regional Police Chief Cooperation (SARPCCO) games which officially begin in early September.

The official statement from Inspector General of Police confirmed on Sunday in Dar es Salaam said the Games will be held at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium from September 3rd to 17th  while the

Games’s official opening will be on September 9th this year.

Besides the Benjamin Mkapa Stadium other events will be staged at Jakaya M Kikwete Youth Park, University of Dar es Salaam grounds and Gwambina Temeke.

Twelve countries have confirmed to participate in this year’s Games, according to the statement.

The Southern African countries coming to Dar es Salaam for the two-week games are Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, Zambia and the host Tanzania.

The SARPCCO games first took place in July 1996 when police chiefs of 12 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries acknowledged the need for the advancement of regional cooperation in policing the region. The games have since grown into one of the most celebrated events in the region.

The objectives of the games are to organise, regulate and administer sport for serving police officers in the region; to foster partnership in the sub-region and improve co-operation through sport; to build trust and friendship amongst the junior ranks and to advance a common purpose in the region, especially amongst junior ranks.

The various sport disciplines are: athletics, football (men and women), volleyball (men and women), netball, chess (men and women), darts (men and women), and tennis (men and women).

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