765 views | Elochukwu Benjamin | March 8, 2020
Federal Headquarters, Abuja (FHQ) has emerged tops on the medals table at the just concluded 12th Biennial Police Games held in Anambra State, with 239 medals.
FHQ won 102 Gold, 70 Silver and 67 Bronze medals to clinch the top spot at the event tagged Anambra 2020.
Zone 2 came second with 198 medals; 63 Gold, 80 Silver and 55 Bronze while Zone 11 were second runners-up at 119 medals; 42 Gold, 32 Silver and 55 Bronze medals.
In fourth place was Zone 6 with a total of 96 medals while Zone 7 came fifth with 64 medals.
With 59 and 67 medals, Zones 9 and 5 ended at sixth and seventh position respectively while Zones 8, 1 and 4 came eighth, ninth and tenth with 42, 40 and 33 medals respectively.
In other results, Zone 3 came eleventh with 10 medals, Zone 12 came twelfth with 11 medals, while Zone 10 languished at the bottom of the medals table with no single gold medal, despite winning a total of 17 medals.
Meanwhile, a classy performance by various musical artistes including Slow Dogg, Mr Real and Flavor at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, brought the Anambra 2020 Police Games to an end.
The closing ceremony was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and his wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu, the Inspector-General of Police, Abubakar Adamu, top Police Officers among many others.
Governor Obiano in his remarks said it is a thing of pride to that an event of such magnitude took place in the state for one long week without a single unpleasant incident.
“I have received reports from all the venues of this competition and I am happy to say that we recorded a huge success. I am happy to say that the famous Anambra Hospitality was in full bloom all through the games and that Ndi Anambra was courteous, kind and attentive to our guests. Indeed, hosting the 12th edition of the Nigeria Police Games has brought out the best in us.
He further lauded the Police Games initiatives as one that will help re-energize the unity among Nigerians which presently seems to be shaky.
“I have always said that nothing renews national unity and heals the cracks between people like sports. I have no doubt that many of the participants in these games may never have visited this state if not for Anambra 2020. I am sure that after experiencing Anambra for seven days, they have a more balanced view of the state and a richer story to tell. I hope that they will carry our success stories to their respective places and tell their families and friends that if they ever need a peace of mind, Anambra is the destination of choice.
“As ndi Anambra, we have reclaimed our pride of place among Nigeria’s forward-looking states. And we have opened our arms wide to the world. Anambra 2020 has shown that we are ready for the world. We are ready to take on big challenges. We can absorb surprises and raise our game when the need arises. We are a success story waiting to be told!”
The governor assured that the array of standard facilities built for the games will be put to the best use after the tournament and will serve as breeding grounds for talents and skilled sportsmen and women who will bring honour to the state in future.