So Mumbai saw India ARC beat Argentina Arandu 9-6 in a closely contested match at the YES BANK International POLO CUP. The match held at the ARC Polo Grounds, Mahalaxmi Race Course was a thriller.
Guess what? This is the fifth year of the YES BANK International Polo Cup and the fifth consecutive year that the Indian ARC team walked away with the trophy.
|Winning smiles of Team ARC!|
Hosted by Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK and Mr. Suresh Tapuriah, President, Amateur Riders Club; H.E. Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra was the Chief Guest at the event.
|RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Pralay Mondal from YES BANK and Raj Shroff|
The word ‘POLO’, is derived from the Tibetan word ‘PULU’ – meaning ball. It was by this name that the Tibetans played their version of this ancient sport, described by some as being the origins of the game itself. While Polo may have grown to maturity in the Americas, it was in India that the modern game was ‘discovered’ and nurtured. History records that the ancient Persians knew the sport as ‘Chaughan’ and played it as far back as 2500 years ago. The Chinese too lay claim to a Polo tradition dating back several thousand years.
The modern game of polo, though formalized and popularized by the British, is derived from Manipur. A polo game has periods of play, known as chukkars (also chukkers). This term originated in 1898 and is derived from the Hindi word chakkar from Sanskrit chakra (wheel). Field polo requires two teams of four players each. Each chukker is played for a period of seven minutes with a 3 minute break between chukkars. The mounts used are called ‘polo ponies’ although the term pony is purely traditional and the mount is actually a full-sized horse. Polo must be played right-handed. Left-handed play was ruled out in 1975 for safety reasons.