16-goal polo to make a return to Jaipur after two decades

JAIPUR: With the central government’s roll out of the Coronavirus vaccine and relaxation of social distancing guidelines, the much-awaited Jaipur polo season will begin from Monday at the Rajasthan Polo Club here. The 61st cavalry ground will be the second venue of the season besides RPC. 
The highlight of the season will be a 16-goal Jaipur Open tournament for the Sawai Bhawani Singh Jaipur Cup from February 15-21. This is for the first time since the 2001 India Open Championship that a 16-goal tournament will be played in Jaipur. The 14-goal Sirmour Cup was the highest handicap event till now and will be played from Feb. 8-14 this time. 
The first tournament of the season will be Maharaja Sawai Man Singh Gold Vase (10 goal) from February 1-7. The Kota Cup (6 goal) will be held from February 8-21. The Rajmata Gayatri Devi Memorial Cup (10 goals) will be played from February 22-28. 
The season will also witness a repeat of the ladies’ polo match — known as Princess Diya Kumari Foundation Ladies’ Polo — like last year on February 27 to encourage women to take up horse polo. 
The top polo players of the game will be participating (number denotes handicap): Argentina’s Juan Augustine Garcia Grossi (+7); Manuel Fernandez Llorente and Simran Singh Shergill (+6); Abhimanyu Pathak, Danniel Otamendi (+5 each); Lt. Col Vishal Chauhan, Dhruvpal Godara, Col Ravi Rathore, Siddhant Sharma, Padmanabh Singh, Samir Suhag and Syed Shamsheer Ali(+4 each); Syed Hamza Ali, Salim Azmi, Angad Kalaan, Lt. Col. Arjun Patil, Syed Basheer Ali, Lokendra Rathore, Gaurav Sahgal, Col. Navjit Singh Sandhu and Naveen Singh (+3 each). Some officers from the Army will also be participating in the polo tournament. 

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