11th Manipur polo international commences at Mapal Kagjeibung
IMPHAL | Nov 22
Chief Minister N. Biren opened the 11th Manipur Polo International - 2017 at Mapal Kangjeibung today.
Speaking at the occasion as the chief guest, N. Biren said that the government is fully committed and determined to make sure that Ponies have enough space for themselves in the years to come.
He said, “I have given directives to identify areas that can permanently be reserved for our Ponies. This is a collective responsibility of the people of Manipur that we all should join our hands together to preserve our natural surroundings.”
Lamphelpat, which is one of the natural habitats of Manipuri Ponies has faced the cruellest brunt of human civilization – the onslaught and the destruction of the area had driven the Ponies out to the streets, the chief minister said.
Growing population and urbanisation had unwittingly done an irreparable damage to the natural habitat of Ponies, he added.
The Chief Minister expressed hope that all the visitors from different parts of the world who have come to Manipur to be a part of the tournament and Manipur Sangai Festival would be the ambassadors when they go back to their respective homes.
He further said that the Manipur Polo International organised by Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association, which began in a humble way is now becoming one of the most important Polo tournaments in the world.
The chief minister said, “Having born under the umbrella of Ibudhou Marjing, I consider blessed to be working with all the associations and Pony lovers of the State since my childhood. Here in Manipur, our lives with horses and Polo are spiritually defined and found in our ancestral traditions.”
Youth affairs and sports minister, Letpao Haokip presided the function attended by tribal affairs and hills minister, N. Kayisii, hill area committee chairman, Thangjalam Haokip and Konthoujam A/C, Manipur tourism development corporation chairman, Dr. S. Ranjan attended the occasion as guests of honour, respectively.
Six teams viz. Argentina, England, USA, Morocco, India-A and India-B are taking part in the tournament organised as part of Manipur Sangai Festival.
India-B (Manipur) starts off with big win over England
India-B (Manipur) rode off with convincing victory over England by 8-3 goals in the opening match of the 11th Manipur Polo International 2017 which got underway at Mapal Kangjeibung here today.
The England team, comprising mostly of raw talent, had no answer to India-B marauding gallops as they failed to get their opening till the third chukker while India-B was cruising along with six goals.
India-B started off in a strong note when T. Pradeepkumar Singh fetched the opening goal in the 5.54 goals while teammates L. Atangba came up with the second goal in the 6.21 minute to boost the lead in the first chukker.
The England riders, who were almost playing second fiddle as they never really had the chance to score, find themselves in further trouble in the second chukker with L. Atangba striking home three more goals in the 1.50, 4.16 and 4.33 minute and later P. Ojit Singh chipping in with a goal to make 6-0 goals.
India-B (Manipur) tightens their grip in the third chukker as well with P. Ojit Singh in the 5.40 minute and S. Bimol Singh in the 6.12 minute in the third chukker to dictate terms in the match with 8-0 goals lead.
However in the last chukker, England made a late push and it was Phil Seller who stroke home three goals in the 0.35, 1.12 and 5.51 minute but his goals were not enough for the day.
Martin Scortichini of Argentina and Nick Johnson of USA were the mounted umpires of the match.
In tomorrow matches, Argentina will play an exhibition match against Morocco in the first match while USA will take on India-A in the second match in the International Polo.
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