DEHRADUN: A major sports event for the men-in-khaki, the 66th All India Police Athletics Championship, started in Dehradun from Tuesday.
Around 32 teams of 1,119 athletes, including 275 women, from different states and para-military forces, took part in the key sporting event.
The athletes will compete in 44 events, with 23 for men’s section and 21 for women. A team of 83 police personnel from Uttarakhand — 41 male and 42 females — would take part in the event that would conclude on December 30.
Inaugurating the event, governor K K Paul said, “Sports help develop patience, courage, and discipline. The role of police in sports is considered very important at a global level and thus World Police Games are organized. In 2017, world police games were held in Los Angeles where India performed well.”
ADG law and order Ashok Kumar, who is heading the preparations for the event, said, “In the five days, 44 sports events — 23 in male category and 21 in the female category will be held. The major attractions will be 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and 800 m race, long jump, high jump and javelin throw.”
The biggest squad is of CRPF with 111 personnel followed by BSF (105) and Punjab (90). Teams of BSF and CRPF have dominated the sports event for the last 10 years.