UK lifts Manipur Polo International-2022 trophy

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Imphal: United Kingdom (UK) team lifted Manipur Polo International-2022 beating India (B) team (Manipur) by 10-8 goals in the final match played at Mapal Kangjeibung, the original Polo ground, here on Tuesday

Manipur governor La. Ganesan handed over the winning trophy with a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh, medals and certificate to the UK team. Youth Affairs & Sports Minister Letpao Haokip handed over the runners’ up trophy with a cash prize of Rs1.5 lakh, medals and certificate to the Manipur team.

Five polo teams as India (A) Indian Polo association, India (B) Manipur, Indian Navy, United States and United Kingdom participated in the tournament.

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“Manipur has given Polo to the world and it is a matter of pride. The present day polo is originated from the traditional Manipuri Polo – Sagol Kangjei. The Manipur Polo International, a tournament approved by the Indian Polo association is the only one of its kind played on Pony. The tournament is unique not only because it is played on Manipuri Pony but it is also played at the historic oldest Polo ground in the world – Mapal Kangjeibung or Imphal Pologround,” the governor said.

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Besides encouraging tourism and sports, saving the polo Pony is also an objective of the tournament. This tournament organized by the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association as a part of the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2022 has obviously been a major attraction in the festival. The tournament occupies a well deserved pride of place in the festival and it has been made grander by the participation of the foreign teams and players. The presence of these foreign teams and players will give fresh impetus to the popularity of the game, he added. He thanked the players and organisers for making the tournament a grand success.

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Education minister Th. Basantakumar Singh, MLA Th. Radheshyam Singh, who is also the president of Manipur Olympic Association, Ambassadors of Myanmar and Cambodia, High Commissioner of Brunei to India, Arvind Kumar Singh, chief general Mmnager, SBI, NE and Lumkim Thangboi, general manager SBI, NE-II also participated among others in the closing ceremony.

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