By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
in spite of the dim the COVID-19 pandemic brought upon the world and particularly sporting activities around the globe, the 2020 Kaduna International Polo Tournament will be colourful.
Polo Captain of the Kaduna Polo Club, Alhaji Babangida Ibrahim gave the assurance at a press briefing to herald the tournament billed to commence on Saturday December 7 at the Ahmadu Yakubu Polo Club House, Murtala Muhammed Square, Kaduna on Saturday night.
“Despite the impact that the COVID-19 has had globally, this year’s tournament will be colourful as all arrangements have been concluded in ensuring that,” he assured.
He explained that a total of four teams have so far registered to compete for the prestigious Georgian Cup.
“Emir of Katsina Cup has four teams, Imani Cup four teams and the El-Amin Cup 10 teams, among others” he informed.
According to him, just like in 2019 when two expatriates participated in the high goal games, the same number is expected this year.
In ensuring that the health of spectators and players is not put at risk, he said the COVID-19 protocols would be strictly adhered to.
“Social distancing, use of sanitizers and facemasks must be used by spectators,” he declared.
“We look forward to an exciting outing as our traditional sponsors are coming as usual for the tournament which will be held from December 7 to 13,” he emphasized.
In his brief remarks, the Secretary of the club, Ibrahim Kankia assured that breath taking moments should be expected from all other cups including the Georgian Cup which First Bank has been sponsoring for over 100 years.
“The tournament promises to be exciting. The only difference is COVID-19 but we will.observe the protocols,” he said.