Shan­door polo fes­ti­val to start from July 15

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

IS­LAM­ABAD—Three-day fa­mous Shan­door polo fes­ti­val will be held on July 15 in Chi­tral at the world high­est Polo ground.

The Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa (TCKP) has fi­nalised the sched­ule for the Fes­ti­val, an of­fi­cial of TCKP told APP.

The fes­ti­val reg­u­larly held each year from July 7 to 9th but this year Eid-ul-Fitr is likely to fall on those dates due to which the sched­ule was changed.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial of TCKP, now the Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val will be held from July 15 to 17.

Shan­dur Polo Fes­ti­val is one of the big fes­ti­vals in Pak­istan. The polo which is played be­tween the polo teams of Gil­git-Baltistan and Chi­tral, Khy­ber Pakhtunkhwa is ex­pe­ri­enced as a free-style polo match.

Pas­sion for Polo will be the high­est on the world’s high­est Polo ground. Ev­ery year, Shan­dur in­vites vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence a tra­di­tional polo tour­na­ment be­tween the teams of Chi­tral and Gil­git.

The fes­ti­val also in­cludes Folk mu­sic, Folk dance, tra­di­tional sports and a Camp­ing Vil­lages is be set up on the Pass.

Polo was in­tro­duced in South Asia, by the Mus­lim con­querors in the 13th cen­tury. English word ‘Polo” is in fact a Balti word mean­ing, “ball”.

In an­cient times, there was no limit to the num­ber of play­ers and no time limit. Which team scored nine goals first, be­came the win­ner.

To­day, there are six play­ers to each side, but this is by no means a rule in lo­cal polo games. The game lasts for one hour with a ten-minute break.

Chi­tral, Gil­git and Skardu have al­ways played the game of polo clos­est to its orig­i­nal form.—APP

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