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Imphal, April 10, 2017 (DIPR): The game of Polo originates in the State and there is a need to keep our heritage alive. We have to make Polo popular throughout the country and the world. This was stated by Hon’ble Governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla at the felicitation function of Veteran Polo players Shri Yumnam Jila Singh and Kshetrimayum Joykumar Singh, today, at the Raj Bhavan.

In the state, the game of Polo is played with only the Manipuri ponies, known for its sturdiness. In other parts of the country and the world, bigger horses are used in the game which is difficult to adjust for the players of the State. Arrangements should be made to send players for training in other parts of the country to make them familiar with the game played using bigger horses to enable them to compete in the International arena, she added. Showing her keen interest in the game, Hon’ble Governor extends her desire to talk to the Sports Minister and the Union Minister of sports to take up necessary steps to revive grasslands and Pony Farms to increase the number of ponies in the State in order to survive the game.   

Governor also suggests convening a meeting for all the Polo Associations of the country to discuss issues on how to survive the game, which is known only to a specific group of the people, as it is a game of the royal families. Corporate people should be roped in to promote the game like that of Cricket, which is a sport of the elites. Not only to promote the game but for survival of the players and the ponies, there is a need for financers.

Hon’ble Governor handed over an amount of Rs. 10,000/- each to the two veteran players from the side of Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association, Manipur. Representatives of the Association also attended the felicitation programme. (DIPR)