| File picture of a polo match at Imphal Pologround. Telegraph picture |
Imphal, Oct. 19: The sixth edition of the Manipur Polo International, 2012, organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association will witness stiff competition among six teams, including four foreign teams, for the top slot.
The tournament, organised with the objective of preserving and promoting the rare Manipuri pony, will on November 24 and continue till November 29.
Apart from one team representing India and one team representing the host state, one team each from England, Germany, France and Thailand will take part in the competition. South Korea and Australia also want to take part but they could not make it this time as the confirmation came very late. A unique feature of the tournament is that the organisers will provide Manipuri ponies to the teams.
It will be conducted under Indian Polo Association rules. “We have engaged 80 ponies. Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association has 20 ponies of its own. We have organised the 60 other ponies from other polo clubs,” the chairman of the organising committee Ksh. Chourajit Singh told reporters here today.
He said the tournament is also a part of the Manipur government’s Sangai festival, scheduled for December this year.