Mumbai, 21st March, 2015: India ARC beat Argentina Arandu, lifting the YES BANK International POLO CUP, scoring 6-5. The match held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the ARC Polo Grounds, Mahalaxmi Race Course was a thriller of sorts. This is the fourth edition of the YES BANK International Polo Cup and the fourth consecutive year that the Indian ARC team walked away with the trophy.
YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank, partnered with the Amateur Riders’ Club (ARC), one of the oldest and largest private civilian horse riding clubs in India, for the YES BANK International Polo Cup match between India ARC and Argentina.
Like every year the fourth edition was also successfully hosted by Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK and Mr. Raj Shroff, President, ARC. Mrs. Bindu Rana, Kapoor, Radha Kapoor and Roshini Kapoor along with Dr. Indu Shahani, Principal, H.R. College of Commerce & Economics, Albert Bellas, Co-Founder, The Solaris Group LLC and Capt. Anup Sharma, CEO, Essar Shipping gave away the prizes. Dhruvpal Godara of the Indian Team won the honors for Man of the Match.
‘Celebration of the equestrian sport’ was the central theme and the Polo ground was painted with the true spirit of Polo. The YES BANK lounge on the Polo ground gave an opportunity to people to travel back in time and experience the rich legacy and heritage of the game. Through the vintage photo gallery, ‘Past to Present,’ people not only reminisced about the game, polo fashion and traditions but also learnt a great deal about the Indian origins of the game.
The after party saw corporate bigwigs like Ajay Piramal (Chairman, Piramal Enterprises), Cyrus Poonawalla ( Chairman, Poonawalla Group), Aruna Jayanthi, CEO, Capgemini hobnobbing with socialites like Rochelle Rao (Former Miss India International), Poonam Dhillon ( Hindi Film Actress), Rahul Dev ( Hindi Film Actor), Sofia Hayat, Talat Aziz ( Ghazal Maestro), Models Lisa Bocarro & Claire, and diplomats like Zheng Xiyuan (Consul General, Consulate General of the People's Republic of China) and Richard Bale (Consul General, Consulate General of Canada) among others.
The fast paced evening ended with soothing and melodious symphony played by 25 musicians from the well known Bombay Chamber Orchestra and their lead vocalist, Delna Mody, an established theatre artist and singer.
Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO, YES BANK said, "The YES BANK annual International Polo Championship has emerged as one of the premier polo events in India, with the best teams and players competing for the prestigious accolade. Polo is truly the ‘Sport of Kings’ that has gained significant momentum over the last few decades and we at YES BANK truly believe in supporting and promoting sporting activities that showcase our country’s abundant and diverse talent. I am happy to see that ARC is making significant efforts to encourage the sport in Mumbai."
Mr. Raj Shroff President Amateur Riders Club said, "The Amateur Riders’ Club is proud to present the YES BANK International Polo Cup. Polo being an interesting outdoor sporting opportunity combining speed, fitness and animal connect, is drawing more young Indians to develop broader sporting interests. We are confident of making rapid strides in our efforts to popularize the growing sport of riding as footfalls to the eagerly awaited Mumbai Polo season increase each year."
The Argentina-Arandu, Polo Team featured Mr. Benjamin Araya, Mr. Marcelo Araya, Mr. Enrique Jose Miles and Mr. Javier Pasman and the Indian Polo Team featured Mr. Mitesh Mehta, Col. Navjot Sandhu, Mr. Gaurav Sahgal, and Mr. Dhruvpal Godara.
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.
YES BANK has associated itself in the sports sphere with Polo and Corporate Golf. Since inception, YES BANK has been supporting the WIGA Senior Citizens Golf Tournament as well as the SWF Interclub Caddies Golf Tournament (CSR golf events), which represents an ideal platform for encouraging inclusivity in sports.
About Amateur Riders Club
The Amateur Riders Club, established in the year 1942 is one of the oldest and largest private civilian riding clubs in India. The Club has a Polo ground and the Club’s activities in respect of Polo are entirely due to the magnanimous efforts of Col. Maharaja Premsingh, the famous international polo player who introduced this game in the club as far back as 1950 . Since then, Polo Tournaments are played year after year at the Polo Grounds at Mahalaxmi Race Course in Mumbai.
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.
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