Women’s International Polo Tournament begins at Imphal, South Africa defeats India

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Imphal: The 6th edition of Women’s International Polo Tournament began on Wednesday at Imphal Mapal Kangjeibung, original Polo ground in Manipur.

Chief minister N. Biren Singh inaugurated the Polo tournament which is organised by Manipur Tourism in association with All Manipur Polo Association (AMPA).

Five teams of South Africa, Luxembourg, India (IPA), India (Manipur-A) and India (Manipur-B) are taking part in the tournament.

In the opening match, South Africa team beat Manipur-A team by 6-0. The second match played between Luxembourg and IPA end in a draw snoring 5 goals each.

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Biren welcomed the participating teams. He expressed hopefulness that the tournament would go a long way in establishing the state as a Polo Tourism destination in India.

He said the Women’s International Polo Tournament is being organised at Mapal Kangjeibung every year. The 6th edition is being organised after a gap of two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Manipur is famous for ‘Polo’ and the state is regarded as the birthplace of modern polo. People of Manipur are proud of their forefathers for having gifted this game to the world. Such a tournament would not only help in projecting the state as the birthplace of the game, but would also serve as a platform to promote the importance of preserving the game and the endangered breed of Manipuri Pony, the chief minister said.

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Sagol Kangjei (the original Polo) is not just a game, but it also symbolises the role of Manipuri pony and the techniques of warfare possessed by the Manipuri soldiers in defending the sovereignty of Manipur during the olden days. Manipuri ponies had always been a part of the state’s civilization and its culture, he added.

Mentioning that Chief Minister’s Sagol Kangei Championship had been started during the Sangai Festival 2022, he expressed that the uniqueness is the use of horse, which is wild in nature, as a part of the game by our forefathers.

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Youth Affairs and Sports minister Govindas Konthoujam, Textiles, Commerce and Industry minister Nemcha Kipgen and MP Maharaja Leishemba Sanajaoba were present at the tournament inaugural ceremony.

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