Funding to back World Police Games
Up to £6 million in Government funding will be provided for the World Police and Fire Games in Northern Ireland.
The 2013 sporting event will allow serving and retired police officers, firefighters, prison officers and customs officers from around the world to show off their athletic prowess in over 65 events.
The games will boost tourism and the economy as well as highlighting the role of the services.
Sports Minister Nelson McCausland said: "In giving its support the Northern Ireland Executive has recognised that we have attracted an event of major significance and scale, and that the games present us with a unique opportunity to demonstrate to the world that Northern Ireland is moving forward."
Athletics, football, swimming, rugby, hockey, shooting, rowing and tennis are among the events.
It is expected to attract up to 10,000 competitors accompanied by a similar number of family and friends from all over the world and will be the biggest sporting event ever hosted in Northern Ireland.
Mr McCausland added: "The games will showcase Northern Ireland as a venue for major sporting occasions, as a tourist destination, as a place to do business and as a place which can extend a warm welcome to the thousands of competitors and their families, who are set to converge here in the summer of 2013."
PSNI assistant chief constable Duncan McCausland said they look forward to welcoming all the participants.
Justice Minister David Ford welcomed the announcement.
Peter Craig, acting chief fire officer, said: "The hard work has already begun in preparation for the Games and the fact that the Northern Ireland executive has today given its backing is a great boost and puts us on the road to hosting a really memorable and successful World Police and Fire Games."