Imphal: Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Friday formally inaugurated the 5th Manipur Statehood Day Women’s Polo Tournament at Mapal Kangjeibung, the oldest living polo ground in the world.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Minister said that the tournament is a tribute to Lord Marjing and our ancestors who gifted the world such beautiful game. It is indeed a matter of pride that Manipur is the birthplace of the Modern Polo, he added.
The Chief Minister maintained that we must put our collective efforts in promoting Manipur as a preferred Polo destination. He continued that with an objective to promote polo, the government has developed the Marjing Polo Complex at Heingang, Imphal East. He also stressed on preserving and protecting the indigenous ponies.
Six teams viz. Great Britain, Argentina, United States of America, Egypt, Indian Polo Association (India) and Manipur are participating in the tournament.
The inaugural match was played between Great Britain and Indian Polo Association. The Great Britain team thrashed the Indian Polo Association by 9-0.
Minister for Fisheries N. Kayasii, MLA of Wangoi AC O. Lukhoi, MLA of Saitu AC Ngamthang Haokip, Principal Secretary (Tourism) P.K. Singh, Commissioner (YAS) Bobby Waikhom, Director (Tourism) W. Ibohal Singh, delegates and officials from different countries and others attended the inauguration.
The tournament is organised by All Manipur Polo Association (AMPA) under the sponsorship of the Department of Tourism, Government of Manipur.