State Polo Tournament 2018, with the theme ‘Save Pony Save Polo Save Pologround’ started at Mapal Kangjeibung in Manipur, oldest living polo ground in the world. The 34th Men’s and 13th Women’s and 1st Junior Boys’ under 16 polo tournament was organized by the All Manipur Polo Association (AMPA).
Consumer Affairs, Revenue and Weight and Measures Minister Karam Shyam was the Chief Guest of the event and President Dr Konsam Saratchandra Singh of AMPA as functional President.
Stressing on the main theme of the tournament, Minister Karam Shyam said, “We must give strenuous effort to save the ponies of Manipur considering the fact that the animal occupies a unique place for introducing 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 or they would be on the verge of extinction soon.
As Revenue Minister, Karam Shyam, is ready to contribute if the public wants to create a separate reserved habitat for promoting the dwelling places of the animals and their preservation. “Government is ready to shoulder the responsibility of saving the ponies of Manipur and promote polo”, he added. He also donated Rs 25000 to support theSagol Kangei,a popular traditional sport of Manipur.
In his speech, Dr Konsam Saratchandra said that we need to invest skill, wisdom and money to help the polo survive.
Thangmeiband Youth Polo Club and K and M Memorial Riding School, Singjamei scored 4 goals each during the opening match of the Tournament on Wednesday.