A new edition of the All Asia Cup has been officialy presented at the Pullman Bangkok King Power Hotel, in Bangkok, Thailand. The tournament takes place at the VR Polo Club through January 5th to 16th.
The event was attended by a large number of special guests as well as by international and local. During the press conference, the organization highlighted the growth of the competition, which was first ever played in 2012, thoroghout the years, as well as their expectations for this current edition.
UmpiresChris Bethell and Howard Smith, alongside the President of the Thailand Polo Assn. were joined by celebrities from of the Asia polo scene and players from the participating teams – South Korea, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Brunei, Malaysian Tigers, Philippines and title holders, Indonesia.
Once the conference and official presentation came to an end, action start at VR Sports Club to begin the Tournament. The first match between Malaysian Tigers and South Korea was held on SPP field. The Malaysian fursome displayed a great performance and beat the Korean lineup 13-5 after four chukkers.
The next game played on the main VR field, was the most awaited – local and favourite, Thailand, played against a tough Mongolia foursome. Seemed that the Mongolians would be a fierce contender, and that was until the Srivaddhanaprabha brothers and Co. came up with their best polo, and finally won by an impressive 10-3.
The level of polo in this first day of competition was really high, but one of the attractions was the fact that the two matches were almost played by night, with lights on, something that’s not much seen in a polo event.
The competition will resume on Wednesday 6 as follows:
4:30 PM: Malaysian Tigers vs Mongolia
5:30 PM: Thailand vs South Korea