6 May 2018 | South Africa
South Africa will face India in the main match in the first International Polo Tournament at the Lions River Polo Club in the KZN Midlands...
“We are delighted to be hosting the Indian team and have been overwhelmed at the level of interest from the public in this event. Both teams will be at the 15-goal level and this balance in handicaps will ensure a very hard-fought and closely contested match.” Said Mark Davies, President of the South African Polo Association.
The Indian side will be captained by the 5 goaler - Colonel Ravi Rathore, who has represented India in five successive World Cups. Gaurav Sahgal (4) , Salim Azmi (3) and Siddhant Sharma (3) will play alongside Ravi Rathore for the Indian team.
“The Indian Army consists of an incredible 1.4 million soldiers and the 61 st Cavalry Regiment is one of the last fully mounted active fighting bodies in the world. Most Indian polo players learn their equestrian skills from this elite Regiment of which Col Rathore is Commandant” said Davies.
The programme for the day will start at 10 in the morning with a curtain raiser between youngsters which will be followed by a match between Ngunis & Ankoles.
The teams from schools comprising of current and old boys will play at noon before the grand international event.
The match between India and South Africa will start at 1330 hrs and will conclude at 1500 hrs and will be followed by a live band performance.