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Published on Wed, 22 Jan, 2020 Both


Imphal, the 21st January, 2020 (DIPR): The 5th Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament, organised by Manipur Tourism in association with other Polo Associations at Mapal Kangjeibung, Imphal, the oldest living polo ground in the world was concluded today. The final match was played between Great Britain and USA. The Great Britain defeated the USA team by 5-2 and won the tournament.

Appreciating the Tourism Department for organising Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament for the last few years successfully particularly on 21st January, the statehood day of Manipur, Chief Guest of the occasion, the Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla told that since Polo is the heritage of Manipur, its revival in this State is not only a necessity but also the duty of every Manipuri.  The revival of Polo in Manipur depends on the success with which it can meet the contemporary needs.  The role of dedicated voluntary organizations and their tireless efforts to revive and invigorate this game in its birth place is indeed tremendous.  

She stated that due to the pressing needs of food, most of the grazing grounds in rural areas have been converted into paddy fields and consequently, fodder has become scarce and the maintenance of ponies has become prohibitive.  Grounds where Polo can be played comfortably have also become rare. On the other hand, ponies are equal partner with player in this peculiar game, their upkeep and proper maintenance need not be reiterated. 

Expressing her happiness on Government’s establishment of a Pony Sanctuary at Heingang in Imphal East District, the Chief Guest said that this is indeed a very good step taken up by the State Government to preserve this rare pony.  She appealed to all pony owners to keep their ponies in the sanctuary and not allow them to roam here and there in the road as preserving and protecting pony is the responsibility of all citizens of the State.

In his Presidential speech, All Manipur Polo Association’s president, Dr. K. Saratchandra Singh told that most of Manipuris, irrespective of their age and sex like the game of Polo, which is also the State’s game. Women polo in Manipur started at late 1980s and Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament is organising for promotion of this game with the motto, ‘women polo, women power’.

Before starting today’s formal function, many cultural troupes showcased different  flavour of art and culture of Manipur including Pena yakairol, maibi jagoi, pung cholom and thang-ta.

It may be mentioned that the 5th Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament, 2020 was inaugurated on 17th of this month. Six teams from USA, Great Britain, Argentina, Egypt and two teams from India-- IPA and Manipur were participated in the tournament. (DIPR)