The second edition of Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Inter Command Combat Sports Competition dubbed ‘Jos 2017’ has commenced in Jos, the Plateau State capital. The objective of the competition is to promote participation in sporting activities towards improving personnel physical fitness and also foster esprit-de-corps among NAF personnel. The sporting event is also an avenue to select athletes to represent the NAF in future championships. Six teams comprising teams Headquarters NAF, Tactical Air Command, Special Operations Command, Mobility Command, Training Command and Logistics Command are expected to participate in the week-long sporting activities due to end on Thursday, 30 March 2017.
Declaring the combat competition open, the Special Guest of Honour, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, His Excellency, Right Honourable Simon Bako Lalong congratulated the NAF for introducing combat sports which according to him would not only keep NAF personnel fit but mentally alert in carrying out their constitutional responsibilities. The Governor said he was appreciative of the NAF role in restoration of peace on the Plateau. “We will continue to partner with the NAF to ensure peace not only on the Plateau, but in Nigeria as a whole’.
Earlier in his keynote address, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar stated that maintaining a high level of combat and physical fitness would help personnel discharge their constitutional duties optimally whenever the need arises. “It must be stated that even with acquired modern weapon and the continued effort to reactivate our assets we are not unaware of the fact that the Service needs personnel that are physically and mentally prepared to make the difference in any conflict”. The events to be competed for are: boxing, combat relay, and combat swimming. Others are judo, obstacle crossing, shooting, taekwondo and thug of war. The first edition of the competition was held in Kaduna in 2016.