CHRONICLE BUREAU IMPHAL, 29th Mar: Chingkheihunba Polo Club (CPC) and Imphal Riding Club (IRC) sealed the 17th Governor’s Cup Polo Tournament titles on Thursday.
CPC scored nine goals to get the better of MPSC-B in their men’s title clash as Th Kaoba led the rout with a five-goal salvo.
The Chingkheihunba riders galloped to a perfect start as Khaoba struck twice in the first chukker and Leishemba added a goal to hand their team a 3-1 advantage. Pradeepkumar scored for MPSC-B in the opening period.
CPC extended their lead in the following chukker through Kaoba (his third) before they came out with a four-goal barrage in the third chukker that saw Kaoba complete his five-goal haul after pumping in two goals and Basanta was also at the double.
Then Kokeshwor, in the fourth chukker, found the ninth goal to wrap up the scoring and the game. MPSC also scored two goals in vain in the last period after they got one in the third chukker.
Earlier, Imphal Riding Club handed out a 7-4 thrashing to K&MM Riding School to lay their hands on the women’s trophy.
A treble from Kh Deventy, a double from Kh Habe and a goal each from Romanati and Langlen propelled their team to a dominant title triumph.
DIPR adds: Governor of Manipur Dr Najma Heptulla, in her speech at the closing ceremony, recalled the Polo tournament was started during the time of the fourth Governor of Manipur, Gen KV Krishna Rao after he donated the winner’s trophy. Later, the runners-up trophy was donated during the time of his successor, Chintamani Panigrahi. Some of the current trophies were donated by Gurbachan Jagat when he was the Governor during 2008 to 2013. The efforts of the past governors were to see the development of the game in its birth place. The Chief Guest also said that she is sharing an equal enthusiasm if not more to see the rapid growth of the game far and wide.
For the development of the game, Dr Najma Heptulla stated that there is a need for collective effort by all stakeholders. There is a need for better marketing of the game of Polo in the State and outside. The Umpires need to be familiar with the modern rules and their interpretation as well as application and more sponsors too. Appreciating the organiser, the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association for their contribution particularly for promotion of the game, she also mentioned that if there is no pony there will be no polo. We should have a firm commitment to save the Manipuri Pony Breed, the pride of the State.
Later the prizes were given away to the winners of male and women polo team. Moreover, cash incentives also distributed to the participant teams and veteran polo players.
The Speaker Manipur Legislative Assembly, Y Khemchand attended as President and Honorary President of Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association H. Dilip Singh, IAS and Advisor Dr Ksh Chourjit Singh were also on the dais.