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Delhi Police no match for athletic counterparts

Despite being the largest metropolitan police in the world in terms of its strength, Delhi Police, which produced a couple of Olympians in the past, cannot boast of a good sports team now. Karn Pratap Singh reports. Let the games begin

delhi Updated: Aug 28, 2012 01:59 IST
Karn Pratap Singh

Despite being the largest metropolitan police in the world in terms of its strength, Delhi Police, which produced a couple of Olympians in the past, cannot boast of a good sports team now.

Reason: In the recently concluded 60th All India Police Athletics Championship (AIPAC), hosted after three decades by Delhi Police itself, the city cops could not bag even a single medal in any of the events.

What added insult to injury was that the Delhi Police lost to greenhorns such as Uttarakhand, which emerged as the winner team in states police category. Punjab police bagged the runners-up trophy in the same category.

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While the athletics team of Bihar police also won a gold medal, the Delhi Police athletics team finished at the bottom among the 16 teams that participated in the championship.

This is for the second consecutive time that the Delhi Police have failed to bag a single medal in the AIPAC. During the 59th AIPAC held at Rohtak, Haryana, Delhi Police athlete Pravesh Tomar was the only one who could secure fourth position in shot put event.

According to the athletics medal tally, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) won the championship with 12 gold, 10 silver and 12 bronze medals while Punjab police bagged the runners up trophy with 8 gold, 12 silver and 13 bronze medals.

Delhi Police had to be content with best disciplined team trophy, as a consolation prize for hosting the championship smoothly and for the reason that none of its 26 athletes who participated in the championship were found positive in doping.

"The athletics team was formed just a week before the championship started. The players did not get time to practice," said a senior police officer, adding Delhi Police had a sports team some seven years ago. But a former top cop dissolved it in 2007, citing non-performance.

Six athletes from Punjab, BSF, ITBP, CRPF and Odisha were caught for doping by National Anti Doping Agency (NADA).

The Delhi Police has put together a team, comprising two special police commissioners, to recommend steps to revive and regain their sporting glory.