ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Monday, November 30th 2015 [ME NewsWire]
During a joint meeting between the Ministry of Interior and the International Police Sports Union (USIP), officials from both parties announced that the UAE will be hosting the 2nd USIP World Police Games in Abu Dhabi in November 2017.
At the Police Officers Club in Dubai on Sunday, the torch for the USIP World Police Games was handed to Lt. General Saif Abdullah Al Sha'far, Undersecretary at the Ministry of Interior, from the president of USIP, retired Lt. General Sheikh Ahmad Al-Nawaf Al-Jaber Al-Sabah; and his delegation.
“Hosting this prestigious international sporting event stems from the support given by Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior,” said Al Sha’far; as he additionally credited the valued relationship between the UAE Police Sports Association and the International Police Sports Union (USIP). “Through the exchange of experiences and information, the efforts exerted by both parties will further advance police sports; which will be positively reflected through our national sport and athletes.”
For his part, Sheikh Ahmad Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah expressed his heartfelt thanks to the UAE for agreeing to host the tournament. “With its international reputation for organizing events – and sporting events in particular – the UAE is duly capable to host such an international sporting event,” he said; as he lauded the significant support afforded by Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan for the tournament.
During the meeting, Sheikh Al-Sabah was briefed on the preparations made to organize the tournament from the officials of the UAE Police Sports Association. His Excellency expressed his admiration for the commitment of the UAE sports activity organizers to ensure the success of the upcoming international tournament.
For his part, Brigadier Mohammed Hamid bin Dalmouj Al Dhaheri, Chairman of the Police Sports Association at the Ministry of Interior, pointed out that the Association has set forth clear plans and a roadmap to host the 2nd USIP World Police Games. "The committees formed for this purpose have already started their work in order to ensure the success of this tournament,” he said; as he emphasized the leading stature of the country in hosting major sports tournaments and events.
Moreover, Al Dhaheri noted that 45 countries are expected to take part in the tournament that will feature a myriad of sports games and specialized competitions between the participating police unions.
Towards the end of the meeting, both parties exchanged commemorative shields and gifts.
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