The 2nd World Police Service Pistol Shooting Championship will be held from November 12th to 19th at Guangdong’s Police Training Center, in Foshan, it was announced in a recent press conference held by Guangdong Provincial Public Security Department.
The 2nd World Police Service Pistol Shooting Championship will be held from November 12th to 19th in Guangdong. (Photo: Steven Yuen)
This is the first time that the Chinese public security authority will host the competition.
At present, 40 of the 66 member countries and regions of the International Police Sports Union (USIP), including Russia, Pakistan, India, Brazil and Italy, have registered for the competition, while 21 non-member countries and regions will also send teams to attend the contest.
“Significant progress has been made since a preparatory office was formed, aiming to make this competition a high-level international contest and grand event for police forces worldwide,” said Feng Xiaogang, Director of the Police Training Division of Guangdong Public Security Department.
“The preparatory work has been perfect, I mean, it is really perfect.” said Sandro Dirckx, Secretary General of the USIP. “I believe that Guangdong is fully capable of making this world championship a successful and brilliant one.”
Sandro Dirckx, Secretary General of the USIP (Photo: Steven Yuen)
“China is a big country with great development, strong international influence, comprehensive strength, rich experience and an outstanding ability to host international competitions. The hosting of this world championship in China will be beneficial in expanding the scale, level and influence of the event,” he added.
“Next, we will establish a long-term mechanism and apply the experience gained here to following years’ events,” said Sandro when asked about USIP’s future plans, “we are going to use them in future championships because learning is very important.”
Logo (L) and mascot of the 2nd World Police Service Pistol Shooting Championship
As a regular event organised by the USIP, the shooting championship is held to promote the practical training of firearms so as to enhance the effectiveness of police when needing to use guns.
The World Police Service Pistol Shooting Championship was firstly held in Hungary in 2015, during which Team 1 and Team 2 from Shenzhen’s Public Security Bureau took both first and second places on behalf of the Chinese delegation.
Author: Steven Yuen, December Yu
Editor: Simon Haywood