Imphal, January 3, 2018(DIPR): The 34th Men’s and 13th Women’s and 1st Junior Boys’ under 16 State Polo Tournament 2018 kicked off today at Mapal Kangjeibung(Pologround) today. The tournament organised by the All Manipur Polo Association(AMPA) was based on the theme “ Save Pony Save Polo Save Pologround.

The inaugural function of the tournament was attended by PDS, Consumer Affairs, Revenue and Weight and Measures Minister ,Shri Karam Shyam as the Chief Guest and President, All Manipur Polo Association, Dr.Konsam Saratchandra Singh as the President.

Stressing on the main theme of the tournament, Minister Karam Shyam said we must make strenuous efforts to save the ponies of Manipur considering the fact that the animal occupies a unique place for identifying the State at the global level. He appealed the polo Associations of the State to make a collaborative effort to increase the total strength of the ponies and protect the grazing fields otherwise they would be on the verge of extinction after few years.

As a Revenue Minister, he is ready to contribute his best if the public wants to create a separate reserved habitat for promoting the dwelling places of these animals and their preservation, he also appealed. “Government is ready to shoulder the big responsibility of saving the ponies of Manipur and promote polo”, he also said.

In order to support the Sagol Kangei sports of Manipur and promote the interests of the passionate polo-lovers, he donated Rs.25000.

Dr. Konsam Saratchandra said that we need to invest  skills, wisdom and money to make the polo survive as it is different from other games.

The opening match of the 13th Women’s State Polo Tournament 2018 was played between Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club(yellow jerseys) and K & M Memorial Riding School, Singjamei(orange jerseys). Kh Sunil Kumar was the match referee while Laishram Thomson and T Pradeep Kumar Singh took charge as mounted umpires in the match.

At the end of the 1st chukker, Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club leads K & M Memorial Riding School, Singjamei by 1-0. Jersey no. 1 of Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club, Oinam Victoria Chanu scored 1 goal when the time elapsed was 4 minutes 28 seconds.

During the 2nd chukker, K & M Memorial Riding School, Singjamei dominated Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club with an overpowering 3-0. Jersey no. 6, N Ashakiran contributed striking 2 goals by the end of 6.58 minutes while jersey no.3 team captain, Th Tanna scored a magnificient goal by the end of 5.25 minutes.

In the 3rd chukker , when the time was 19 seconds passed 3 minutes, Khundongbam Habe Devi equalised the points 3-3 with a beautiful goal.

Top striker of the match N Ashakiran stormed another goal in the first 38 seconds of the 4th and final chukker that ended the whole match in a tight draw 4-4 with another similar goal from the opposition side.

The second match was played between CRPF Polo Team and Director General   Assam Rifles(DGAR) Polo Team in red and green jerseys respectively.

CRPF and Assam Rifles officials apart from polo sports lovers of the State were present during today’s polo matches.

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