Sunday, July 14, 2024

Police ensure high security at Africa Youth Games

The Botswana Police Service Commissioner, Keabetswe Makgophe has assured the nation and the African states security upon arrival in Botswana for the much awaited 2nd Africa Youth Games that commence next month.

The commissioner told the Sports Desk this week that security will be very tight as security personnel both in Uniform and plain clothing will be deplored in strategic areas during the competition.

“We are ready for the competition to kick off and we will provide the best security,” Makgophe said on the readiness of the Police.

He indicated that officers currently on leave will be engaged to ensure coverage in all the necessary areas during the games.

“It is normal practice that once a country hosts a notable event officers who are on leave are called to duty,” he explained.

Makgophe said Botswana Police Service has learnt a lot in the past 2010 FIFA World Cup that was held in South Africa as some of the Botswana police officers were sent to offer additional support. The support includes controlling and managing spectators.

“We know very well what it takes to host such a big event and men and women in blue will make this nation proud as they will execute their duties diligently,” added Makgophe.

He appealed to the public to assist the visitors with directions when they happen to be lost.
For his part, the Security Manager at the Botswana Africa Youth Game Organizing Committee (BAYGOC) Gaborutwe Radithupa said the police will be leading in security issues as they will be responsible for the escort of athletes.

Radithupa said some security companies will also be engaged to assist and they will work hand in hand with the police.

“We are optimistic that our security personnel will provide us with the best security and the games will be free of any security threats,” he indicated.

The 2nd Africa Youth Games, which are only 32 days away, will be hosted in the country from May 22 to 31. With at least 2500 athletes from more than 50 African countries are expected to compete during the 10 day event, the games will be the biggest single sporting event held in the country.

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