World Police and Fire Games launched

Published Wednesday, 27 March 2013
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The countdown to the World Police and Fire Games is officially underway after the event was launched in Belfast on Wednesday.

World Police and Fire Games launched
World Police and Fire Games mascot Eddie at Ravenhill in 2012 (© Presseye)

Thousands of competitors are expected to come to Northern Ireland this summer for what has been billed as one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas the region has ever hosted.

President of the Games, Mike Graham, says preparations are well on track.

"Belfast is one of the most organised, ready-to-go events that we have ever had the pleasure to work with," Mr Graham told UTV.

"I'm confident that if something should happen and we had to put on the Games in the next 30 days that this organising committee is ready to deliver."

The event will run for 10 days in August and is expected to attract 10,000 contestants and 15,000 visitors from 70 countries to NI.

Members of the police, fire, prison and border security services will compete in a range of 57 sports at 42 venues across the region.

The WPFG is expected to generate around £15m for the local economy.

Its opening ceremony will be held at King's Hall in Belfast at the start of August.

© UTV News
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