The Singapore Polo Club gears up for action from the South Asian subcontinent
11/26/2014 3:41:47 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
Polo and India have a long history. While the modern game of polowas formalised and popularised by the British, it has been derived from Manipur, where it was known as Sagol Kangjei, Kanjai-bazee, or Pulu. Interestingly the first polo club was established in the town of Silchar, Assam, in 1834.
With such a long association between the sport and the South Asian region, it is only appropriate that the Singapore Polo Club (SPC) is planning a tournament featuring teams from the subcontinent. “We are in the process of developing a tournament that will become an exciting sporting event featuring teams from India and Pakistan (traditional cricket rivals),” said Stijn Welkers, Committee Member, SPC, in-charge of events and sponsorship. The tournament is scheduled for August-September 2015. The dates will be announced once the sponsorship and availability of players are finalised, he elaborated.
Each polo side has four players and the idea is to bring one or two high-level players from India and Pakistan to play in each team. The remaining players will be augmented locally.
Talking about the polo scene in Singapore, Welkers said that it is “The best kept public secret. We don’t like to promote it too much and is an oasis in the city.” The club has about 100 active players who usually play from February-November. There is an event or tournament every two weeks, which are either club or public events. There are usually seven large events that attract key sponsors with a targeted audience like the Japan Cup, Korean Cup, Melbourne cup, Singapore Open - a high glamour event, Diplomat’s Cup for CEOs, diplomats and government officials and so on.