The two-day Sports of Kings Polo tournament kicked off at the Sector 37 sports complex on Saturday. The highlight of the event was the use of bicycles instead of horses.
Over 200 people flocked to the zonal sports complex on Saturday afternoon to witness the event in which teams from Bharat Polo, Greater Noida authority and Indian Navy battled it out.
“Cycle polo was conceptualised to make the sport popular among the masses. Polo is generally played on horses which is not only inaccessible for the general public but also expensive. So we thought of introducing cycle polo as it is far more feasible option,” said Samir Suhag, an Arjuna awardee and polo player. He is also the CEO of Bharat Polo Foundation – the organiser of the event.
Cycle polo was played by the Indian Air Force team, which is nationally acclaimed in the sport. A team of four players rode bicycles with polo sticks in their hands. The sport kept spectators at the edge of their seats as players exhibited great skill in passing the ball by simultaneously balancing the bicycle and the polo stick. The display was greeted with applause and cheers from the audience.
The audience also witnessed a thrilling game of horse polo. The game was played between the teams from the Indian Navy and the Greater Noida authority. The Greater Noida team won the match by two goals.
“The event was more like a carnival — there were delectable food stalls, paramilitary bands, dog shows and dances. Additionally, a cultural performance by the Tharu people from Lakhimpur Kheri, a district in Assam, enthralled the audience,” said Ragini Sabharwal, event spokesperson.
Organisers said ambassadors of several countries will attend the event on Sunday and will award trophies to the winners.