BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ALL INDIA POLICE SPORTS CONTROL BOARD
First Edition (published in January 7, 1937 under the chairmanship of Shri B.N. Mullik, Chairman, Central Sports Committee
It was at the conference of the Inspector General of Police held at Delhi in 1950 that decision was taken in regard to the formation of an All India Police Athletics and Sports Meets organisation, to promote sports and competition in the police forces.
The IGPs elected a committee called Central Sports Committee consisting of the Director, Intelligence Bureau as the Chairman the IGP, SPE, the IGP, Delhi and the Commandant, CPTC, as members and one Deputy Director of the Intelligence Bureau as the Secretary. This Committee was to organise annual All India Police Athletics and Sports Meets and other All India Police tournaments in various games. The committee was to formulate all Rules and procedure.
In the first instance, in February 1951, the All India Police Athletic Meet was held at Cuttack (Orissa). Each state donated silver trophies for each of the 22 events that were competed for. A special silver medal was donated by the Home Minister (Govt. of India) for the best Athlete.
Soon after the first meet, the Central Sports Committee was able to divide India into 4 zones – the Northern, the Southern, the Eastern and the Central. This decision was necessary in view of Hockey and Football Tournaments, which were first to be played on a zonal basis.
The Second All India Police Athletics and Sports Meet was held at Lucknow (Central Zone) in February 1952 and from this year onwards the semi finals and finals of the Hockey and Football tournaments were held alongwith this Meet. This Meet was held in February 1953 at Bangalore (Mysore) – the Southern Zone, and the 4th in 1954 was held at Jalandhar (Punjab) – Northern Zone. It was from 4th Meet that the Central Sports Committee was able to organise an All India Police Wrestling tournament in 4 weights only. In the 5th Meet, which was held at Ranchi (Bihar) in February to all 8 weights. The 6th Meet was held at Gwalior (M.P.) Central Zone in February 1956 and included the semi finals of the Hockey, Football and Wrestling tournaments.
The Central Sports Committee has decided to introduce an All India Police Gymnastic Competition from the 7th Meet onwards.
The tournament in Hockey, Football and Wrestling are held on a knock-out basis in each zone. The All India Police Gymnastic and Volleyball tournaments that are yet to be started will also be held on a knock-out basis in each zone. In the Hockey and Football tournaments, hardliner trophies are provided for the winners of the two loosing semi-finalists. Trophies for winners and runners-up of these tournaments have also been provided through donation made by all the Police Forces in India except the trophy for the winners of All India Police Hockey tournament.
A tradition has been set from the very inception of these Meets and which is now carefully followed by all the host states, for the games to be declared ‘’open’’ by the Chief Minister of the State after the Olympic Ceremony has been performed. Similarly, the Governor of each state (host) has declared the games closed again after the closing ceremony, as laid down under the Olympic Rules.
It has also become a tradition for the host state to provide the spectators and the athletes with the entertainment of a Police Tattoo as a conclusion of the game. Soon after the closing ceremony and the prize distribution. It is also tradition for the host state to provide for a community dinner (Barra Khana) as a ‘’Finale’’ to the games.
The host States provide all visiting teams with accommodation, lighting, and conservancy and make arrangements under their personal supervision for the messing of all the teams. The host state also provides transport for each visiting team for the railway station to the venue of the meet.
A very high standard of discipline is maintained in the camp where all the visiting teams are accommodated.
The host state produced a souvenir in which the messages of the Prime Minister the Home Minister and other messages received from various dignitaries have been published.
Second Edition (published in July 22, 1960, B.N. Mullik, Chairman, All India Police Sports Control Board)
There have been many changes since the first edition of the handbook of rules for the All India Police Athletics and Sports Meet was published in January 1957. The name of the Meet has been changed to the All India Police Games, and the Central Sports Committee re-designated as the All India Police Sports Control Board.
The conference of Inspector General of Police held at Delhi 1960 decided to introduce the All India Police Athletic Meet.
Third Edition (Published in January 17, 1965, Shri S.P. Verma, Chairman, All India Police Sports Control Board)
There have been a number of changes since the second edition of the Handbook of Rules for the All India Police Games was published in July 1960. Aquatic competition was introduced for the first time in 1960. The first Aquatic competition was held at Delhi in August 1960.
The All India Police Sports Control Board agreed that it was not necessary to lay down any specific ceremonial procedure for the Zonal Meets.
The Amateur Athletic Federation of India granted affiliation to the All India Police Sports Control Board in 1962 and since then All India Police teams are participating in the All India Open Athletic Meets.
Fourth Edition (published in June 25, 1975 Shri S.N. Mathur, Chairman, All India Police Sports Control Board
There have been a number of changes since the third edition of the Hand Book of Rules for the All India Police Games was printed in January 1965. Basketball Competition was introduced in the All India Police Games for the first time at Poona in 1965 and the Kabaddi Competition was introduced at Madhuban (Karnal), Haryana in 1973.
There have been several amendments in the rules of the Games, the general rules of the All India Police Games as also the constitution of the All India Police Sports Control Board.
Fifth Edition (published in August 31, 1988 Shri M.K. Narayanan, Chairman, All India Police Sports Control Board
The fourth edition of the publication was issued in 1975. Since then rules for most of the events like Hockey, Football, Volleyball and Gymnastics have been revised by their respective Federations. Inclusion of new events like Cross Country Race in 1978, Women’s events in the discipline of Athletics in early 1982 and inclusion of Judo from 1986 also called for revision and updating of these rules.
Sixth Edition (published in April 10, 1995 Shri D.C. Pathak, Director Intelligence Bureau & Chairman All India Police Sports Control Board
Such revision of the rules had become necessary in view of the many changes that took place since the last edition of 1988, particularly the adoption from this year of the ‘split format’ for the conduct of the All India Police Games and inclusion of weightlifting for men and some more athletic events for women in the Games. An effort has also been made at simplification of the rules while the nuantum of financial assistance available from the AIPSCB.
Seventh edition (published in May 29, 2000 Shri Shyamal Datta, Director Intelligence Bureau & Chairman All India Police Sports Control Board
The Sixth Edition was published in April 1995. Since then, there have been many changes/additions in the rules governing the All India Police Games, the financial assistance for organising various new sports events has been augmented and various new sports events have been included. Golf and Lawn Tennis for officers only were introduced in 1996 and 1999 respectively. Further, Greco Roman Wrestling, Handball and Weightlifting (for women) viz. Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw and 3000 M Run (now changed to 5000 M Run) in 1998.
Eighth Edition (published in July 13, 2008 Shri P.C. Haldar, Director Intelligence Bureau & Chairman All India Police Sports Control Board)
The seventh edition was published in May 2000. Since then, many changes/editions have taken place in the rules governing the All India Police Games, the financial assistance for organising various sports events has been augmented and various new sports events have been included. A number of trophies have also been added in many events. Shooting as sports was introduced in 2007 and Badminton has been introduced in 2008 for officers only.
Ninth Edition (published in November 30, 2012 Shri Nehchal Sandhu, Director, Intelligence Bureau & Chairman All India Police Sports Control Board
The eighth edition was published in July 2008. Since then, many changes/additions have taken place in the rules governing the All India Police Games, augmentation of Financial assistance for organising various sports events, introduction of reward money for medal winners in National Championship, enhancement of reward money for medal winners in Olympic, Asian and Commonwealth Games. Induction of events viz. Judo competition for women and All India Police Commando Championship. Archery, one of the popular competitions at national/international level has also been introduced in the sports calendar of All India Police Sports Control Board from the year 2012.