KUALA LUMPUR: Police are sending their best 'bodies' to the 12th World Police and Fire Games, set to take place in Los Angeles.
Police's bodybuilding team is the hot prospect for gold medals, having consistently scored clean sweeps in previous editions of the Games.
Police's bodybuilding team manager Deputy Commissioner of Police Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat said they are looking for an "all kill", or a clean sweep of events.
"Our bodybuilders have consistently delivered all gold medals in past competitions. We are definitely a force to be reckoned with among all police forces worldwide," he said.
Five bodybuilders form part of the 106-strong contingent this year.
Team coach DSP Gazali Yunos said the athletes underwent seven months intensive training to prepare for the Games and are confident of repeating their previous successes.
"Our biggest rivals would be the United States, Iran and India."
Apart from bodybuilding, police will be competing in events such as badminton, karate, cycling, bowling and golf.
Reigning Games bodybuilding champions Ismadi Riji and Mohd Aliff Fidaus said it was a great honour to represent the force on the world stage.
"Given our intensive training, diet and efforts, we are confident of our chances.
"We won't settle for anything less than gold," they said.
The Games, famously dubbed the 'Police and Fire Olympics' boasts the second highest numbers of participants next to the Olypmics.
Malaysia's police force have been sending their athletes to the biennial games since 1995, in the spirit of togetherness, unity and sportsmanship with other police forces worldwide.
"At the Games, we are given the opportunity to foster friendships with other police forces," said Assistant Commissioner of Police Shamsul Amar Ramli, the team manager.
About 8,000 active and retired police officers and firefighters from more than 70 nations will compete in 65 events in the competition, which will continue untill Aug. 16.
The Olympics-style games have been held every two years since 1985.