Imphal, March 19 2019: Imphal Riding Club (IRC) thrash Chingkheihunba Polo Club  4-0 to say the name of the 18th Governor’s Cup Women’s Polo Tournament at the same time as X Polo Club prevailed 5-three towards Chingkheihunba Polo Club to cruise to guys’s (29th Governor’s Cup) identify within the very last matches held these days at Mapal Kangjeibung. In the women’s final suit, Kh Habe Devi scored twice to set up a 4-0 win in opposition to Chingkheihunba Polo Club and correctly defended the identity. S Langlen Devi struck the opener inside the sixth minute of the primary chukker and gave IRC a 1-zero lead earlier than Kh Habe chipped in her first and the group’s 2nd aim within the 2nd chukker. Habe prolonged the lead to a few-0 with a brief end inside the third chukker and A Romabati Devi become capable of round off the scoring as CH PC riders didn’t give you what their enthusiasts have anticipated. Elsewhere in the guys final, P Ajit took the center level as he scored thrice and Th Jacob determined the target two times to help X Polo earn the name in opposition to defending champions Chingkheihunba Polo Club. Goals galore in the first chukker as Chingkheihunba Polo Club hit two times and X Polo Club fetched four desires earlier than the game went success inside the succeeding chukkers. P Ojit of X Polo Club turned into first to open up and Th Jacob followed in shape to fire in the 2d within few seconds. Leishemba Takhellambam and P Join scored one purpose every within the third and the 4th minute to assist Chingkheihunba to draw degree but P Ajit asserted his scoring prowess by way of chipping in more goals and made it four-2 on the top of the primary chukker. The Kaoba of CHPC reduced the distance by using scoring an unmarried inside the second chukker however their effort turned into no longer enough to restore parity. The Jacob of X Polo Club then hit an unmarried inside the 0.33 chukker and gave his group a 5-3 lead which lasted until the fourth chukker as Chingkheihunba Polo Club failed to level a comeback. The remaining rite of the tournaments was graced with the aid of Governor Dr. Najma Heptulla, H Dileep Singh; honorary president, Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association; S Buddhachandra Singh, marketing consultant, Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association as dignitaries.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor said food poisoning and street injuries are often determined to be the main motives for the demise of Pony. A concerted attempt by way of all stakeholders is the want of the hour to store this breed from extinction. The Governor further said that those tournaments are organized with the aid of the Manipur Horse Riding and Polo Association with the principal targets to save Manipuri Pony and to popularize the sport of Polo besides promoting tourism. The collective efforts of the State Government, dedication and dedication of all the contributors of the Manipur Horse Riding & Polo Association, polo players, specific golf equipment, pony owners and most importantly, the humans of Manipur will lead to a turnaround and brighter days are in advance for both the Manipuri pony and the polo recreation, she introduced. She also introduced financial assistance well worth Rs 1 lakh from the Governor’s Discretionary Fund to the organizers. Later, trophies and coins prizes had been disbursed to the winners and runners up of the tournament by using the chief visitor and dignitaries. Winners and Runners of the 29th Governor’s Cup Invitation Polo Tournament, 2019, received Trophy and cash prize of Rs 50,000 and Rs 30,000 even as winners and runners up of the 18th Governor’s Cup Women’s Polo Tournament, 2019 have been feted with trophies and coins prize of Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000 respectively. As part of the match, two veteran Polo players of the State, Y Zilla Singh of Wahengkhuman and Ksh Joykumar Singh from Mayang Imphal have been also honored with cash incentive award of Rs 10,000 every.
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