The 182-strong delegation of the Philippine National Police (PNP) brought honor and pride to the country after garnering 54 medals at the recently-concluded 2019 World Police and Fire Games in City of Chengdu, China from 8 to 19 August 2019.
PNP spokesman Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said the PNP athletes in eight events garnered a total of 18 gold medals, 21 silver and 15 bronze, the highest number of medals so far in the world stage.
He said the PNP Taekwondo Team chipped in a total of 19 medals (5 gold, 10 silver and 4 bronze) beating jins around the world. The team is currently preparing for the upcoming PNP Mini Olympics under the stewardship of Police Brigadier General Roberto Fajardo.
Meanwhile, PNP Chief, Police General Oscar Albayalde extended his warmest congratulations to all athletes who competed in Chengdu, China.
“For years, we have been participating in these biennial events dubbed as the Olympics of the Law Enforcement as an opportunity to show that we are competent in sports and willing to forge camaraderie among our foreign counterparts,” Albayalde said.
Meanwhile, the PNP Responders captured silver as they came up short against United States Customs & Border Protection Basketball team, nonetheless, they were the only Asian team who made it to the finals.
The badminton tandem of Luningning Jagmis and Jason Ortizo also pocketed a silver medal after being defeated by the much-faster Malaysian duo in 40+ mixed doubles category
Dubbed as the Olympics of Law Enforcement Service, the WPFG is a biennial athletic event open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world, according to its official website.
The next World Police and Fire Games will be in City of Rotterdam in the Netherlands on 30 July to 8 August 2021.