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Delhi Police shoot for medals at CWG.

THE Delhi Police have set their sights on the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to revive their sporting glory.

After failing to make its mark in recent events, the Delhi Police are focusing on preparing their sportspersons for the next Commonwealth Games.

And this time, the way the Capital's police force is going about its preparations, makes it apparent that sporting glory at Glasgow is serious business for the squad.

As part of its groundwork, the Delhi Police have started sending their coaches abroad for training. The selection procedure has also started at the armed police headquarters in Kingsway camp.

" We have sent a circular to all policemen from the rank of constable to sub- inspector to come forward to represent the Delhi Police in various sporting disciplines. We already have an existing team of sportspersons but we are trying to rope in younger people who can play with a new zest," a senior police officer with the armed police said.

The sportspersons are being selected by a team consisting of the DCP 1st battalion, an ACP and an inspector. " We have got a good response from the policemen and we are still at the stage of selection," the officer added.

The Delhi Police have had a glorious sporting past -- as far as winning medals in championships are concerned. They had a full- time dedicated sports team till 2008 when it was disbanded on the orders of the then police commissioner. The team was never resurrected after that. Teams which have performed well for the Delhi Police in past are its volleyball team, its shooting team and its athletics team.

Till 2007, the Delhi Police had a basketball team, a hockey team, a judo team, a kabaddi team, a wrestling team, a volleyball team, an athletics team and a shooting team. After the full- time teams were disbanded, only the volleyball, athletics and shooting teams remain.

" We have had good sportsmen in the past and we can still produce good players for competing at the national and international level. All we need is to make the sportsmen focus more on their game," Aditya Arya, special commissioner of armed police, said.


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Date:Sep 17, 2012
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