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British envoy visits polo ground

Imphal, June 26: British deputy high commissioner to Eastern India Scott Furssedonn Wood made an assessment of the Imphal Polo Ground as the British royal family has been invited for the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association’s eighth edition of Manipur Polo International 2014 in November.

Wood, who has come for tomorrow’s commemoration ceremony of the Battle of Imphal, also visited the Manipur pony-breeding farm at Lamphelpat today. His only experience of polo was in the United States, his earlier official posting, but he mentioned that he enjoyed the sport.

Manipur Pony Society chairman and vice-president of Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association Ch. Chourjit Singh said, “We have invited the British Royal Family for the 80th Manipur Polo International this year. We have got information that the members of the Royal Family are aware of the upcoming tournament and had asked the British High Commission, Eastern India, about it.”

Chourjit added that the association wanted Prince William or Prince Harry to attend the tournament but it is still being worked out. He was very optimistic of a grand celebration of the 150th year of Manipur Polo.

Tennis

The All Assam Tennis Association is going to organise a central tennis coaching camp for its ranked players at Chachal complex here from June 28 to July 7, writes our staff reporter from Guwahati. Altogether 30 players from different clubs of the AATA from all over Assam are participating in the 10-day camp, to be conducted by Peter Vijaykumar and assisted by physical trainer C.K. Harish.