A Police Constable placed in second position in the Police Olympics held in China. This was the first time that the Police Force participated in these Olympics. Constable Andrew Grech, a renowned athlete in Malta, was presented with a silver medal after he classified in second place in the half-marathon, with athletes from 70 countries participating in the event.
Constable Grech returned from China after his participation in these Olympics which are open to police officers and firefighters from around the world. He classified second place in the 21-kilometre distance marathon in which 2,000 athletes participated.
Apart from his duty as Constable at the Sliema district, Andrew is also an athlete. In four weeks time he will also participate in the Berlin marathon. This was the first time that Malta participated in the Police Olympics, which are held every two years.
“I was the only athlete chosen from a single country; there were two athletes and over from the participating 79 countries. In all there were 11,000 athletes”.
The next edition of the Police Olympics will be held in Rotterdam and Andrew Grech intends to participate again. His participation at the China Olympics was possible following contacts made by the President of the ‘Għaqda Ħbiberija bejn Malta u ċ-Ċina’, Reno Calleja.
It was the first time that the Olympics were held in Asia. TVM asked Andrew whether the poor air quality in China affected his participation.
“In Chengdu where I was, authorities told us that it is one of the few places affected by pollution, however at around nine or ten, you feel the heavy air. I think it wasn’t a clean air”. He added that the place had high humidity and hot air, such as Malta, however the Chinese lifestyle is different.
Prime Minister Joseph Muscat met with Constable Grech and congratulated him for his success.