Women’s polo tournament held on Manipur Statehood Day

Imphal, Jan. 22 (ANI): To popularise Polo, the Manipur Government recently organised a women’s polo tournament as part of its statehood day celebrations.

Imphal city came alive with some breathtaking strokes made by women polo players from Manipur and the United States.

The five-day tournament was organized by the Manipur Government and the All Manipur Polo Association.

“As a spectator, it is nice watching the game. The tournament will not only help them to develop the game, but also enhance their discipline. The players will get to know each other and it will help to develop the sport,” said Gangabali, a spectator

The Manipur Government is laying special emphasis to popularise polo among women in the state. There are plans to develop a national women’s polo team, with major participation by players from Manipur.

“Our aim is to build a women’s polo team for India and since Manipur is the birthplace of polo, we have a lot of potential for the women’s team,” said Tansen Konjengbam, Secretary, All Manipur Polo Association.

“Women’s polo is coming up really good in the U.S. and I am happy to see that people have started to play here. I think everyone should be treated equally and women should have as many chances to play as the men do,” said Carly Persano, an American polo player.

Such international events not only promote sportsmanship but also empower women to create a niche for themselves in the field of sport. (ANI)

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