Imphal, March 17 (EMN): The 1st State Women’s Polo tournament, organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association (MHRPA) came to an end with a striking final match between Chingkheihunba Polo Club, Kongpal and Linthoinganbi Polo Club, Lamphelpat at Manipuri Pony Breeding Farm, Lamphelpat on Thursday.
Chingkheihunba Polo Club lifted the trophy and won a cash prize of INR 15,000 with citation in a 4-2 win against Linthoinganbi Polo Club.
The runner-up won a cash prize of INR 10,000 along with citation. Laman Polo Club and Samadon Ayangba won a consolation prize of INR 5000 each.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Dr. Ng Ibotombi Singh, director, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Services, Manipur urged to support the polo players of the state and promote them to the international level.
Polo players from different countries wish to take part in the International Polo tournament conducted every year during the Sangai festival, which was not conducted in the last two years due to the pandemic, he added.
He also donated for the cause of polo during the function and wished all the players a bright future.
President of MHRPA, H Deleep Singh said that this is just the beginning of a new dawn in the field of polo.
Dr. L Ibetombi Devi briefed about her encounter with various polo players and their status in the current scenario of Manipur and lauded the endurance of the Manipuri pony as overwhelming and time tested.
The prizes for the tournament were sponsored by Ningthoukhongjam Chittamohini Devi.
RK Meghen, Dr. Ks. Chourjit Singh, S Buddhachandra Singh, (Retd.), Suresh Sharma DIGP, Manipur and Nagaland Sector HQ, CRPF, Langjing, M Ranjit Singh, Lt. Col. (Retd) and other polo lovers were also present during the closing ceremony.