By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE Lagos.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, has officially launched the groundbreaking of the 1st NPF Open National Mixed Martial Arts Championship scheduled held on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2023 in Abuja at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.
In his address during the inauguration on Saturday, December 2, 2023, the IGP underscored the significance of the championship, saying it is in not only to enhance policing services but also contributing to the broader development of sports in Nigeria.
Tagged “Abuja 2023”, the event, according to a release by the Force Public Officer ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, is poised to foster collaboration and mutual respect among participating agencies, showcasing the commitment of law enforcement to community policing.
” As part of the preparation for this championship, the Force conducted a comprehensive 2-day seminar titled “Sensitization on the Rules and Regulations of Mixed Martial Arts.”
The seminar brought together athletes and officials from the Police, Para-military, and other law enforcement agencies, along with representatives from the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Development.
” The IGP calls on all participating athletes and agencies to showcase their best performances while adhering to the rules and maintaining the spirit of sportsmanship.
The competition will feature various categories, including the Beginners Mixed Martial Arts events, highlighting a combination of grappling, striking, and ground fighting”, Adejobi added.