By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Nigeria Police ‘Team IGP’ garnered a total of 41 gold, 14 silver, 10 bronze and 65 overall Medals to emerge champions of the 3rd One Service One Medals (OSOM) Games.
Police added color with March pass which include both dog section, mounted troop, the Mopol and motorcycle riders, to the closing ceremony which was cheered by spectators, at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna Northwest Nigeria, on Tuesday.
Nigerian Prisons Service claimed eight gold, 20 silver, 14 bronze (42 overall) to finish second, while the Federal Fire Service gathered five gold, 14 silver, 18 bronze (37 overall) medals to place third.
The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, CP Abdurrahman who umpired the tug of war which was the highlight of the closing as police won the gold, Fire and Prisons took the silver and bronze.
In his remarks before the closing ceremony, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Adesola described the One Service One Medal (OSOM) Games as an avenue to discover talents that will make the country proud.
The Permanent Secretary, represented by Mr. Stanley Okebubu assured that the ministry will in line of its policy thrust, continue to develop grassroots sports.
“Your participation here is not in vain. It is not all about winning medals, but developing of talents and bonding of friendship by military and para military agencies,” he added.
Meanwhile, in the invitational relay aimed at motivating athletes in secondary schools, Faith Academy Kaduna finished first in the male category, second position was won by St. Michael Academy, while Bethel Baptist High School placed third.
The girls category saw Faith Academy Kaduna win gold, Our Lady of Fatima Girls Secondary School claimed silver, while Jupavi Schools finished third.
The event which started Friday, November 30, 2018, featured seven sports and attracted 360 athletes and officials. The OSOM Games was initiated as a result of Nigeria’s poor outing at the 2012 Olympic Games.
The first edition was held in Kaduna in 2014 with a total of 329 athletes.Its objectives include identifying and developing high performance athletes for the country.
It is also aimed at developing friendly relationship among the officers and men of the military and para military agencies in the country.