Nagaland Police personnel exhibiting Naga wrestling at the inaugural of the 38th Nagaland Police Duty-cum-Sports & Athletic Meet 2019 at NAPTC Stadium, Chümoukedima on December 9.
38th Police Duty-cum-Sports & Athletic Meet 2019 underway
Morung Express News
Dimapur | December 9
The 38th Nagaland Police Duty-cum-Sports meet 2019 started on December 9 at the NAPTC, Chümoukedima. An annual event of the state police, it was scheduled in November but deferred to December.
“The atmosphere of uncertainly that gripped the state at that point (October) was not conducive for such an event to be held and we had to postpone it,” said DGP T John Longkumer flagging off the meet in the afternoon today.
A total of 29 teams from the various units of the Nagaland Police (NP) have turned up to compete in 9 sports events, 7 duty items and 3 athletics events for women. It will conclude on December 17.
Table tennis and bugle competition have been introduced this year as new competitive events in the sport and duty categories, respectively. With the objective of promoting indigenous games, Naga wrestling will also be exhibited by the various NP units.
The DGP, in his inaugural address, spoke of the police department’s wish to produce sports stars. While stating that the NP has a rich history in sports, he added that the football team and the badminton players have consistently performed well at the national level.
Since 1971, the Nagaland Police football team has won the All India Police Football Championship twice, and several second and third place positions. Its badminton players won the All India Police Badminton Championship in 2012.
Stating that he has a vision of establishing an exclusive police “Sports Company (unit),” he said that the Nagaland Police has a new sports policy that would seek to incentivise excellence in sports. Reservation or sports quotas in all the units and out of turn promotions for personnel excelling should serve as incentive, he said.
“The new policy will not only nurture talents but also provide avenues for personal growth and career opportunities,” while talents spotted during the meet will have the opportunity of representing the state and even the country.
He said that the goal of the department should be to utilize the police meet as an opportunity to strive for excellence even in areas initially not explored. “The inclusion of kabbadi and the cooking competition in the new format are steps in this direction,” he added.