World Police and Fire Games

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The World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) is a biennial athletic event, open to active and retired law enforcement and fire service personnel throughout the world. The WPFG Federation is an arm of the California Police Athletic Federation (CPAF),[1] an American non-profit organization.

The Games attract approximately 10,000 entrants, slightly fewer than the Summer Olympic Games, and exceeding the third position holder, the Commonwealth Games. In the early 2010s, The United Kingdom hosted all three events consecutively; the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England, followed by the 2013 World Police and Fire Games in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and ending with Glasgow, Scotland, hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games - the first time all three events have been hosted by the same nation consecutively.

The venue for the 2013 event is Belfast, in Northern Ireland.[2]

History[edit]

French team in New York on a day a hurricane cancelled competition in 2011

The California Police Olympics were first held in 1967. The concept evolved over the years and led to the creation of the World Police & Fire Games Federation—a non-profit organization, run by the Californian Police Athletics Federation—in 1983. Two years later, in 1985, the first World Police & Fire Games were held in San Jose, California, USA, with nearly 5,000 competitors.[3]

The largest WPFG games to date was held in New York, New York, USA with over 16,000 athletes in attendance, from 59 nations.[4]

The most successful and best organised was in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2013.[5] It was described, by the President of the World Police and Fire Games Federation, Mike Graham, as "the friendliest and best Games ever".[6]

Host cities[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "World Police & Fire Games At A Glance". CPAF. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "World Police & Fire Games, Belfast, Northern Ireland 1-10 August 2013". 2013wpfg. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ History of the World Police & Fire Games. 2011 World Police & Fire Games. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  4. ^ a b 2015 World Police and Fire Games - Fairfax, Virginia, USA official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  5. ^ BBC News - In pictures: World Police and Fire Games 2013. Bbc.co.uk (2013-08-08). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  6. ^ BBC News - WPFG 'best and friendliest ever', says president of games. Bbc.co.uk (2013-08-10). Retrieved on 2014-04-12.
  7. ^ WPFG History: Adelaide, Australia 2007. 2011 World Police & Fire Games official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  8. ^ WPFG History: British Columbia 2009. 2011 World Police & Fire Games official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  9. ^ Home page. 2011 World Police & Fire Games official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  10. ^ About the 2011 World Police & Fire Games. 2011 World Police & Fire Games official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  11. ^ 2011 Games Logo Story. 2011 World Police & Fire Games official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.
  12. ^ World Police & Fire Games 2013 Belfast official website. Retrieved 2011-09-04.

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