X Polo Club triumphs

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March, 19, 2019: X Polo Club defeated Chingkheihunba Polo Club by 5-3 in the 18th Governor’s Cup Women’s Polo Tournament, 2019, Imphal Raising Club (IRC) defeated Chingkheihunba Polo Club by 4-0 to win the 29th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament, 2019

The Manipuri pony is facing a serious challenge to its existence and it is very distressing to see the condition of the ponies standing on the roads without anybody looking after them, Governor Najma Heptulla said at the closing ceremony of the tournament, today.

Food poisoning and road accidents are often found to be the main reasons for the death of Pony. Concerted effort by all stakeholders is the need of the hour to save this breed from extinction. Manipur is known as the ‘powerhouse’ of sports. It is, therefore, no wonder that the creativity and the spirit of competitiveness powered by the martial characteristic of the people of Manipur gave the world the popular indigenous game called ‘Sagol Kangjei’ which is now known as Polo all over the world. Polo is the pride of the state and it is definitely something to be proud of for every Manipuri, she added.

She said these tournaments are organized by the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association with the main objectives to save Manipuri Pony and to popularize the game of Polo besides promoting tourism. One unique aspect of the tournaments is that the game is played on Manipuri pony. The Manipuri pony, a recognized breed of India though small, is sturdy and agile. There is an imminent threat to this rare Manipuri Pony breed and so also to the game of polo. The survival of this rare species is a serious question now as it is reported that the number of Manipuri Pony will decline to less than 500 in some years if the fast dwindling number is not checked on time. Human intrusion in their natural grazing fields has displaced the ponies, forcing them to come to the streets for their survival.

The initiative taken by the state government for developing Pony Sanctuary at Heingang, Imphal East and Pony Breeding Farm at Lamphel, Imphal West will certainly make a difference for the better, said the governor.

She announced a financial assistance of an amount of Rs. 1.00 lakh from the Governor’s Discretionary Fund to the organisers.

Later, trophies and cash prizes were distributed to the winners and runners up of the tournament.

Winners and runners  received Trophy and cash prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 while, winners and runners up of the  18th Governor’s Cup Women’s Polo Tournament, 2019, received trophy and cash prize of Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively.

Two veteran Polo players Y. Jilla Singh and Ksh. Joykumar Singh were also honoured with cash incentive award of Rs 10,000 each.

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