NI set for 'friendliest' Police Games

Published Monday, 23 April 2012
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Olympic gold medallist Dame Mary Peters says Northern Ireland is well on track to hosting the "best and friendliest ever" World Police and Fire Games.

NI set for 'friendliest' Police Games
Minister Carál Ní Chuilín, David Ford and Edwin Poots mark the games coming. (© DCAL)

An international delegation from the WPFG arrived on Monday to look at potential venues for the event, which will take place in Belfast in August 2013.

With preparations already well underway, Dame Mary, who is the patron of the games, said she is confident it will be a major success.

"We're making great progress now and I have no doubt we'll have the best games and the friendliest games ever," she told UTV.

"Mike Graham who was with us from America and who is chairman of the World Police and Fire Games says we are well ahead of ourselves in comparison to other countries at this time."

The World Police and Fire Games is the third largest multi-sport competition in the world, expected to attract 25,000 visitors including 10,000 contestants to NI next summer.

Members of the police, fire, prison and border security services will compete in a range of 65 sports at 35 locations across the region.

Three times the size of the Commonwealth Games - and surpassed only by the Olympics and World Masters - the 10-day spectacular is expected to generate some £15m into the local economy, with visitors coming from 70 countries across the globe.

Organisers are now looking for 3,500 local volunteers to help make it a world success.

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R in Belfast wrote (1,013 days ago):
Hopefully they don't expect Belfast to have a good nightlife scene, especially with the recent draconian introduction of a 2am closure requirement for all clubs in the city.
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