Law enforcement officers ready for battle

Friendly Fire

27 October 2020 | Sports

Walvis Bay

The Erongo Law Enforcement Sports Association (ELESA) host the 5th edition of the Law Enforcement Sports Tournament at Jan Wilken Sports Stadium. The event, which highlights mental health, takes place over three days with the minister of defence and veterans affairs Peter Vilho attending the opening ceremony slated for tomorrow (28 October).

The minister will conduct a parade inspection and deliver the keynote address. Other dignitaries in attendance at the opening include Erongo governor Neville Andre and Walvis Bay mayor Immanuel Wilfred.

Matella Diedericks will present a talk about mental health.

Action on the first day of this year’s tournament includes a veterans soccer match (13:30), a karate and kickboxing display (14:00) and volleyball matches (15:00).

ELESA vice president Charles Muuka confirmed that teams from the Navy, Airforce, 125 Battalion and Nampol will engage in friendly fire on the pitch.

“Due to the Covid pandemic, we decide to limit the participants this year. For example, Correctional Services will not participate this year. Two volleyball teams, five soccer teams and two netball teams will however, be in action. The competitions will be contested on a league format.”

Nampol is the defending volleyball champions while Navy won both the soccer and netball competitions at last year’s event.

Muuka said that the tournament aims to bring law enforcement officers from various towns in the region together in a bid to strengthen ties, promote sports and build team spirit.

“The ultimate aim is to take the occasion to all regions in the country and ensure that it becomes a national event.”

The action will continue and shift to the Walvis Bay Private High school sport grounds on Thursday, with athletics on the menu in the morning. This will be followed by netball and soccer matches at Jan Wilken stadium.

The final day of the tournament (30 October) kicks off with 7-a-side soccer at 8:00.

Children from the Erongo region will then put on a display of various sport codes at 10:00.

Daniel Mouton, the head of sports at the Walvis Bay municipality, president of the Namibian Local Authorities Sports and Recreation Association (NALASRA) as well as the vice president of the Southern Africa Inter-Municipal Sports Association (SAIMSA), will deliver a speech at 11:00.

The deputy minister of sports, youth and national service Emma Kantema-Gaomas is set to deliver a speech at 11:30.

The tournament with the municipality of Walvis Bay, Bay Home Improvements and Ramos Realtors as key sponsors, will conclude with the awards ceremony slated for 12:00.

The first ELESA games were held in 2008, with members of the Navy, Army and Police Force competing in football, volleyball and netball.

The second edition of the games took place in 2017, with members of Correctional Services joining, with athletics, triathlon and darts being added.

The Namibian Navy hosted the 3rd edition of the games at Jan Wilken Stadium in 2018, with the Namibian Police emerging as the overall champions on this occasion.

Correctional Services organised the 2019 edition of the games when members of the Air Force, Navy, 125 Motorised Infantry Battalion, 44th Artillery Regiment, Police and Correctional Services competed under the theme “We say no to gender-based violence” at the Vineta Sports Field.

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