Great Britain defeated Indian Polo Association 9-0 in the inaugural match of the 5th Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament held at Mapal Kangjeibung, the Oldest living polo ground in the world on January 17.
Organised by All Manipur Polo Association (AMPA) for the fifth time at the same venue with Chief Minister N Biren Singh as the chief guest six teams — Great Britain, Argentina, United States of America, Egypt, Indian Polo Association (India) and Manipur are participating in the tournament
Addressing the gathering, the CM said that the tournament is a tribute to Lord Marjing and our ancestors who gifted the world such beautiful game. It is indeed a matter of pride that Manipur is the birthplace of the Modern Polo, he added.
The Biren maintained that ‘we must put our collective efforts in promoting Manipur as a preferred Polo destination’. He continued that with an objective to promote polo, the government has developed the Marjing Polo Complex at Heingang, Imphal East. He also stressed on preserving and protecting the indigenous ponies.